This monograph is a translation of La Nazione del Risorgimento, an important work in Italian history of recent years. It analyses features of the idea of nationhood that animated the Italian Risorgimento movement during the first half of the 19th century. Through an innovative interdisciplinary approach, the book argues that Risorgimento nationalism, in contrast to the dominant views in post-1945 Italian historiography, was based mainly on an ethnic (naturalistic and deterministic) conception of the Italian nation.
Preface to the English edition; Preface to the first edition (2000); 1. The ‘Risorgimento canon’; 2. Morphology of the national discourse; 3. Archaeology of the national discourse; 4. Reception of the national discourse; Conclusions; Bibliography
The history of modern Italy from the late 18th to the 21st centuries offers a wealth of dramatic changes amidst important continuities. From occupying a semi-peripheral location in the European Mediterranean to becoming one of the major economies of the continent, the Peninsula has experienced major transformations while also facing continuing structural challenges. Social and regional conflicts, revolts and revolutions, regime changes, world wars and military defeats have defined its turbulent political history, while changing identities and social movements have intersected with the weight of family and other structures in new international environments.
The series focuses on the publication of original research monographs, from both established academics and junior researchers. It is intended as an instrument to promote fresh perspectives and as bridge, connecting scholarly traditions within and outside Italy. Occasionally, it may also publish edited volumes. The sole criteria for selection will be intellectual rigor and the innovative character of the books.
It covers a broad range of themes and methods - ranging from political to cultural to socio-economic history – with the aim of becoming a reference point for groundbreaking scholarship covering Italian history from the Napoleonic era to the present.