GALASSI Cristina, Umbria Napoleonica: Storia, arte e cultura
Description: This book explores the consequences of Napoleonic influence in the Trasimeno department between 1809-1814. It explores the idea of Europe and the problems of nationalism in the face of a model of rule which France sought to impose throughout Europe. Academics from different disciplines look at this from the angles of history, culture and art on a local level.
Place and publisher: Passignano: Aguaplano
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 294
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This book provides new insights into the history of Italy's long Risorgimento, by tracing the entanglements of the Mazzinian "international". This informal group of men and women crossed the boundary of the Channel and the boundary of class to speak a common language and share a radical ideal: Giuseppe Mazzini's vision of a unified, republican Italy. Published in the radical press, the exile's writings on democracy, education, association and citizenship inspired both Oxford social reformers and self-improving artisans gathering in provincial reading rooms, co-operative societies, republican clubs and educational institutes: for them republican Italy became a transnational dream. Indeed, when Italy was unified under a constitutional monarch in 1861, British Mazzinians were bitterly disappointed. Setting off for Italy on their first "co-operative tour" in 1888, East London workers embarked on an educational pilgrimage, dotted with Mazzinian landmarks. Despite the fin de siècle crisis, Victorian radicals' enduring faith in Italy's democratic future remained steadfast. Indeed, when Fascists subsequently appropriated Mazzini's national dream, post-Victorian Mazzinians would unequivocally voice their support for Italian anti-Fascists, who championed the principles of global democracy. Drawing on a wide range of material, the author adds a crucial new dimension to the history of Victorian radicalism in Britain, and to the "new history of the Risorgimento".
Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe is a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
Place and publisher: London: Royal Historical Society
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 200
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Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in 1799, installing himself as First Consul of Revolutionary France. One of his first acts was to seek peace with Great Britain. After setbacks and tortuous negotiations a preliminary peace was agreed in October 1801, sealed by a definitive treaty at Amiens the following year: an event welcomed by people on both sides of the Channel. But the peace was brief and its rupture in 1803 ignited a conflict that raged until Napoleon's final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
This is the story of that brief interlude of peace – how it came about, what it allowed, and how it ended. The diplomatic relationship between Britain and France is explored, and the internal politics of the two countries described. A colourful cast of characters promenades through the book, bringing to life a period that, while ostensibly peaceful, had its share of drama.
Place and publisher: Morrisville, NC: Lulu
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 470
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