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Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero
     

Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero

by Lucy Riall
 

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Handsome and flamboyant, Italian revolutionary hero Giuseppe Garibaldi was a popular figure in life and became a cult figure after his death in 1882. This fascinating book is the first to examine how Garibaldi and others contributed to the making of his cult and to assess how the Garibaldi myth has affected national politics not only in Italy but around the world.

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Handsome and flamboyant, Italian revolutionary hero Giuseppe Garibaldi was a popular figure in life and became a cult figure after his death in 1882. This fascinating book is the first to examine how Garibaldi and others contributed to the making of his cult and to assess how the Garibaldi myth has affected national politics not only in Italy but around the world.

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The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review

"Excellent. . . . Will be [of] interest to students of the Risorgimento, the hero in history, and the phenomenon of the romantic revolutionary."—A. A. Nofi, The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review

— A.A. Nofi

The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review - A.A. Nofi

"Excellent. . . . Will be [of] interest to students of the Risorgimento, the hero in history, and the phenomenon of the romantic revolutionary."—A. A. Nofi, The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review
Publishers Weekly
With his trademark red cape, full beard and regal bearing, Italian revolutionary hero Giuseppe Garibaldi cut a swashbuckling swath through European politics during the mid-19th century. In Riall's (Sicily and the Unification of Italy) exhaustive and sometimes exhausting study of this supremely charismatic man and his tumultuous times, Garibaldi's life and legacy echo through the fascist dictators of the 20th century to the Marxist revolutionaries of the 1970s. Born in Nice in 1807, Garibaldi lived a peripatetic life until he "discovered his true vocation-not as a (failed) merchant sailor nor as a (outlawed) political conspirator, but as a soldier hero" and returned to Italy in 1848, a year of widespread political upheaval in Europe. The Italy that Riall describes is a conflicted place seething with nationalist fervor, waiting for a hero to fan the flames and lead the people to their rightful place among nations. As much a product of behind-the-scenes manipulations as his own desires and ambitions, Garibaldi became that hero. A deeply researched and resourced scholarly text, this is not for the general reader. Riall's extensive use of contemporary primary source material makes for some heavy sledding. Still, for the 19th-century European history buff or the revolutionary hero completist, this is a useful and illuminating read. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300112122
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
234.00(w) x 156.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Riall is professor of modern European history at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her publications include The Italian Risorgimento: State, Society and National Unification and Sicily and the Unification of Italy: Liberal Policy and Local Power (1859-66).

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 20, 1940

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