Converting a Nation: A Modern Inquisition and the Unification of Italy [NOOK Book]

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In this revealing account of Catholic conversion in Unification Italy, Lang ably demonstrates the strength of Catholic political opinion in the shaping of national Italian identity during the Unification period. Lang's work examines a variety of newspapers, novels, and Inquisition trials whose narratives unfolded in step with the formation of the nation-state. These narratives of conversion allowed the Church and its supporters to tell a story of national conquest and to advocate a society that upheld the legal, ...
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Converting a Nation: A Modern Inquisition and the Unification of Italy

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In this revealing account of Catholic conversion in Unification Italy, Lang ably demonstrates the strength of Catholic political opinion in the shaping of national Italian identity during the Unification period. Lang's work examines a variety of newspapers, novels, and Inquisition trials whose narratives unfolded in step with the formation of the nation-state. These narratives of conversion allowed the Church and its supporters to tell a story of national conquest and to advocate a society that upheld the legal, social, and religious tenets of Christianity. In a vehement rejection of modernization, these stories are indicative of the Vatican's quest to ensure that the future Italian state and its citizenry remained the promised land and chosen people of the Catholic Church-a quest that had serious ramifications for Italian and Vatican politics in the twentieth century.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Pt. I Trials

1 Reading between the Lines: Inquisition Texts and Catholic Conquests 11

2 Rewriting the Jew in Restoration Italy: The Stories of Salvatore Tivoli and Samuelle Cavalieri 31

Pt. II Novels

3 Proselytization as a Nationalist Project: Alessandro Manzoni the Convert(er) 75

4 Conversion and National Identity: A Reading of Bresciani's L'Ebrco di Verona 105

Pt. III The Catholic Press

5 Private Letters, Public Stories: From the De Joux Conversion(s) to the Mortara Affair 139

Conclusion 177

Epilogue 181

Notes 187

Bibliography 219

Index 233

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