Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero

Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero

by Lucy Riall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300144237

ISBN-13: 9780300144239

Pub. Date: 11/18/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian revolutionary leader and popular hero, was among the best-known figures of the nineteenth century. This book seeks to examine his life and the making of his cult, to assess its impact, and understand its surprising success.
For thirty years Garibaldi was involved in every combative event in Italy. His greatest moment came in 1860,

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Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian revolutionary leader and popular hero, was among the best-known figures of the nineteenth century. This book seeks to examine his life and the making of his cult, to assess its impact, and understand its surprising success.
For thirty years Garibaldi was involved in every combative event in Italy. His greatest moment came in 1860, when he defended a revolution in Sicily and provoked the collapse of the Bourbon monarchy, the overthrow of papal power in central Italy, and the creation of the Italian nation state. It made him a global icon, representing strength, bravery, manliness, saintliness, and a spirit of adventure. Handsome, flamboyant, and sexually attractive, he was worshiped in life and became a cult figure after his death in 1882.
Lucy Riall shows that the emerging cult of Garibaldi was initially conceived by revolutionaries intent on overthrowing the status quo, that it was also the result of a collaborative effort involving writers, artists, actors, and publishers, and that it became genuinely and enduringly popular among a broad public. The book demonstrates that Garibaldi played an integral part in fashioning and promoting himself as a new kind of “charismatic” political hero. It analyzes the way the Garibaldi myth has been harnessed both to legitimize and to challenge national political structures. And it identifies elements of Garibaldi’s political style appropriated by political leaders around the world, including Mussolini and Che Guevara.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300144239
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
978,618
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations and Maps ix Acknowledgements xii Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Nation and Risorgimento 19 Chapter 2 In Search of Garibaldi 33 Chapter 3 Revolution 59 Chapter 4 Exile 98 Chapter 5 The Garibaldi Formula 128 Chapter 6 Independence 164 Chapter 7 Fashioning Garibaldi 185 Chapter 8 The Thousand 207 Chapter 9 Making Italian Heroes 226 Chapter 10 The Garibaldi Moment 272 Chapter 11 Unification 306 Chapter 12 Culture Wars 347 Conclusion: The Myth of Garibaldi 388 Notes 393 Select Bibliography 456 Index 470

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