Garibaldi: Citizen of the World: A Biography

Garibaldi: Citizen of the World: A Biography

by Alfonso Scirocco
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691115400

ISBN-13: 9780691115405

Pub. Date: 08/13/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

What adventure novelist could have invented the life of Giuseppe Garibaldi? The revolutionary, soldier, politician, and greatest figure in the fight for Italian unification, Garibaldi (1807-1882) brought off almost as many dramatic exploits in the Americas as he did in Europe, becoming an international freedom fighter, earning the title of the "hero of two worlds,"

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What adventure novelist could have invented the life of Giuseppe Garibaldi? The revolutionary, soldier, politician, and greatest figure in the fight for Italian unification, Garibaldi (1807-1882) brought off almost as many dramatic exploits in the Americas as he did in Europe, becoming an international freedom fighter, earning the title of the "hero of two worlds," and making himself perhaps the most famous and beloved man of his century. Alfonso Scirocco's Garibaldi is the most up-to-date, authoritative, comprehensive, and convincing biography of Garibaldi yet written. In vivid narrative style and unprecedented detail, and drawing on many new sources that shed fresh light on important events, Scirocco tells the full story of Garibaldi's fascinating public and private life, separating its myth-like reality from the outright myths that have surrounded Garibaldi since his own day.

Scirocco tells how Garibaldi devoted his energies to the liberation of Italians and other oppressed peoples. Sentenced to death for his role in an abortive Genoese insurrection in 1834, Garibaldi fled to South America, where he joined two successive fights for independence—Rio Grande do Sul's against Brazil and Uruguay's against Argentina. He returned to Italy in 1848 to again fight for Italian independence, leading seven more campaigns, including the spectacular capture of Sicily. During the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln even offered to make him a general in the Union army.

Presenting Garibaldi as a complex and even contradictory figure, Scirocco shows us the pacifist who spent much of his life fighting; the nationalist who advocated European unification; the republican who served a king; and the man who, although compared by contemporaries to Aeneas and Odysseus, refused honors and wealth and spent his last years as a farmer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691115405
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/13/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1: Sailing the Mediterranean 1

Chapter 2: From Conspiracy to Exile 17

Chapter 3: The Rio Interlude 27

Chapter 4: Privateer 39

Chapter 5: In Rio Grande 54

Chapter 6: Loves, Friendships, and Amusements 74

Chapter 7: The Costa Brava Expedition 82

Chapter 8: Montevideo 95

Chapter 9: San Antonio de Salto 108

Chapter 10: His Fame Spreads 125

Chapter 11: Italy in 1848: The General Call to Arms 138

Chapter 12: The Rome Events of 1849 151

Chapter 13: The Bold Defi ance of 1849 168

Chapter 14: The Gray Years 182

Chapter 15: In the King's Ser vice 203

Chapter 16: Po liti cal Frustrations and Disappointments in Love 221

Chapter 17: The Epic Campaign of the Thousand 236

Chapter 18: The Dictator of Sicily 263

Chapter 19: Master of a Kingdom 287

Chapter 20: From the Solitude of Caprera to the Drama of Aspromonte 309

Chapter 21: Triumph in London 331

Chapter 22: Bezzecca, Mentana, and Dijon 343

Chapter 23: Pacifi sm, Socialism, and Democracy 364

Chapter 24: The Final Years: Family, Literary Activities, and Financial Concerns 388

Chapter 25: Epilogue 400

Chronology of Events 411

Bibliography 417

Index 431

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