1st Edition

The Italian Risorgimento
State, Society and National Unification

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ISBN 9780415057752
Published May 26, 1994 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

The Risorgimento was a turbulent and decisive period in the history of Italy. Lucy Riall's engaging account is the first book of its kind on the upheavals of the years between 1815 and 1860, when a series of crises destabilised the states of Restoration Italy and led to the creation of a troubled nation state in 1860. Comprehensive, yet original, this textbook:
* Examines the social history of nineteenth century Italy and the social context of political action
* Offers a critical overview of the historiography of the topic
* Takes account of the most recent literature, especially literature in Italian not normally accessible to students
* Adopts a broad thematic approach
* Places the Italian experience in a European context


`...written in a very accessible and succinct style...Throughout this short but important book, Riall combines lucid synthesis with original critical insight, and it is highly recommended. For students of nineteenth-century Italy and Europe it offers an exemplary interpretative guide to the new revisionist approach to the Risorgimento period.' - Martin Brown, Staffordshire University