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,"

Overview

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.

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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