Edition: 2011
Pages: 428
Series: SS
ISBN: 9788842095897

A Cultural Atlas of the Risorgimento. Lexicon of political language from the eighteenth century to Unification

Alberto Mario Banti - Antonio Chiavistelli - Luca Mannori - Marco Meriggi (a cura di)



To learn about the Risorgimento through the ideas of its main protagonists, through the words that made up the skeleton of its political vocabulary; to write a history of the patriotic mentality which made that season possible; to explore the interior world of the Risorgimento elites, “to try to understand what kind of psychological impulses led them to show increasingly open dissatisfaction towards the institutional arrangements of their time and to commit themselves to a path of political dissent which during the Restoration presented extraordinarily high risks and costs (both of a personal and political nature).” This is the aim of this book, which presents itself as a dictionary thought out around twenty-eight headwords. An account that makes it possible to trace the political thinking of at least three generations from the 1680s to Italian Unification.

Divided into four thematic areas, the keywords include: Association, Censorship, Decadence, Constitution, Rights/Duties, Exile, Freedom, Moderates/Democrats, Public Opinion, Pope, Race, Representation, Secret and Secret Societies, Unity. Concepts that explain how the Risorgimento began to take shape as a revolutionary movement and what cultural distance lies between us and it today.

The authors

Alberto Mario Banti

Alberto Mario Banti teaches Contemporary History at the University of Pisa. His most recent publications include: The Nation of the Risorgimento (Turin 2000) and The Honour of the Nation (Turin 2005).

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Antonio Chiavistelli

Antonio Chiavistelli holds a PhD from the University of Pavia and conducts research at the University of Florence. He is the author of: From the State to the Nation. Constitution and the public sphere in  Tuscany from 1814 to 1849 (Rome 2006) and Letters, Law, History. Francesco Forti in nineteenth-century Italy (editor, Florence 2009).

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Luca Mannori

Luca Mannori teaches History of Political Institutions at the University of Florence. His published works include: The Sovereign Tutor. Institutional pluralism and administrative centralization in the Principality  of the Medici (XVI-XVIII century) (Milan 1994).

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Marco Meriggi

Marco Meriggi teaches History of Political Institutions at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy in the University of Naples Federico II. His most recent publications include: Europe from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (Rome 2006) and The Italian States Before Unification (Bologna 20112). For Laterza, amongst other works, he edited The Cultural Atlas of the Risorgimento (with A. M. Banti, A. Chiavistelli and L. Mannori, 2011).

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