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Mazzini and love

Ros Pesman   University of Sydney

The Italian Risorgimento was an event that crossed national and gender boundaries, arousing enthusiasm and garnering support well beyond the peninsula and from women as well as men. Nowhere was this enthusiasm and support stronger than in Britain with its

Giuseppe Mazzini 1805-1872

Giuseppe Mazzini 1805-1872

centuries-old fascination with Italy. When Garibaldi, not only a hero of Italian unification but also the world’s first international celebrity, visited Britain in 1864, an estimated 500.000 people lined the streets of London to greet him. But it is not Garibaldi who is the subject of my research, undertaken in an ARC-funded project on ‘La Bella Libertà: Women, Freedom and the History of Italy’ with Barbara Caine and Glenda Sluga.

My focus is on Mazzini and on the network of devoted supporters he created in Britain, composed of British nationals, Italian exiles and Italian residents in Britain, and particularly on its members who were women. This network comprised Mazzini’s most faithful and unswerving followers, the true believers.

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Cosa ci dicono davvero le parole di Pierluigi Bersani e Matteo Renzi?

David Moss   ANU

An interesting analysis of the language used by Bersani and Renzi in their recent television debate – a novel event in Italian politics – is reported in today’s (30 Nov) Huffington Post. I’m not sure what more general lessons we can draw from these fragments – but the differences with the kind of political language used by Berlusconi and the earlier leaders of the Left that Patrick McCarthy and others undertook are certainly striking. Adrian Lyttelton’s comparison of political language in Italy and GB, which appeared in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2009) 14, 1 and can be found here, also makes some intriguing points.

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