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The Italian Risorgimento (Seminar Studies In History)


The Italian Risorgimento (Seminar Studies In History)

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    M. Clark(Author)

The Unification of Italy in the nineteenth century was the unlikely result of a lengthy and complex process of Italian ‘revival’ (‘Risorgimento’). Few Italians supported Unification and the new rulers of Italy were unable to resolve their disputes with the Catholic Church, the local power-holders in the South and the peasantry. In this fascinating account, Martin Clark examines these problems and considers:


·        The economic, social and religious contexts of Unification, as well as the diplomatic and military aspects

·        The roles of Cavour and Garibaldi and also the wider European influences, particularly those of Britain and France

·        The recent historiographical shift away from uncritical celebration of the achievement of Italian unity.


Did 'Italian Unification' mean anything more than traditional Piedmontese expansionism? Was it simply an aspect of European 'secularisation'? Did it involve 'state-building', or just repression? In exploring these questions and more, Martin Clark offers the ideal introductory account for anyone wishing to understand how modern Italy was born.  


This new edition has been revised in the light of recent research and now has a greater emphasis on the ‘losers’ of the conflict, the impact of Unification on the South, and the complexity of the political realities of the times. It has also been updated with useful additional material such as a Who’s Who and a plate section to go alongside its carefully chosen selection of original documents.  




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  • PDF | 176 pages
  • M. Clark(Author)
  • Routledge; 2 edition (19 Aug. 2009)
  • English
  • 9
  • History
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  • By Guest on 1 November 2003

    This book clearly explains the resorgimento and movement for Italian unification. There are a small number of primary sources at the end of the book which allow you to read first hand accounts of the fight for unity. There is some in depth analysis of the period up to the European Revolutions of 1848/49, however, it is post 1849 that the book contains the most information. Throughout the book there are reminders about the cause and consequences of each of the events that led to unification. The period before 1848 is covered, although this is concise and if you are studying this period in depth further material would be required. This also applies to the chapter about the Revolutions of 1848/49, whilst the book places events on a clear timeline the detail is limited. The chapters are broken into clearly identifiable sections which are very useful for essay writing. The style of the book is very easy to get into and it reads for pleasure rather than as a history text book. I have read this book whilst 'reading' round for my AS Level History, this and Lucy Riall's 'Italian Risorgimento' are excellant introductions to the topic and cover some areas in sufficient depth, whilst providing a platform to read more specialised in depth books-especially about 1848. I would recommend this book, but it really needs greater information about the earlier activities of the resorgimento along with more on its socio-economic make up to be five star.

  • By Memememememe on 12 July 2014

    Good for reference.Just as described and arrived quickly!

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