This volume charts Italy's progress from separate states to a unified country. The author identifies the origins of Italian nationalism in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, giving as much weight to the failed revolutions of the first half of the 19th century as to the successful ventures of 1859-71. The cultural aspects of the Risorgimento are illustrated through a wide range of sources, which include literature, painting and opera libretti. Language was an important unifying factor and the author provides examples of this with translated source material. One chapter focuses on the historiographical debate as to whether Italy was united by Italian effort or by foreign intervention and asks how this relates to the current debate about the realities of unity in modern Italy.
Each section contains a short introduction setting the sources in context, appropriate examination-style questions and student guidance sections are provided, along with a specimen essay and source-based exercise answers.
Table of ContentsAlfieri and the people of Italy
Napoleon Bonaparte and the "Liberation" of Italy - 1796-1815
Metternich and the repression of Italy - 1815-31
Mazzini and dreams of a united Italy - 1831-47
Charles Albert and Italia Fara de Se - 1848-9
Cavour and the leadership of Italy - 1849-58
Napoleon III and the uniting of Northern Italy - 1859-60
Garibaldi and the liberation of the south - 1860
Bismarck, Pius IX and the inclusion of Venice and Rome - 1861-71
who United Italy?
dealing with examination questions.