Garibaldi and the Risorgimento

1 Dec, 2016 940 History of Europe

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Italian Risorgimento. According to the historian AJP Taylor, Garibaldi was the only wholly admirable figure in modern history. Born in Nice in 1807, one of Garibaldi’s aims in life was the unification of Italy and, in large part thanks to him, Italy was indeed united substantially in 1861 and entirely in 1870. With his distinctive red shirt and poncho, he was a hero of Romantic revolutionaries around the world. His fame was secured when, with a thousand soldiers, he invaded Sicily and toppled the monarchy in the Italian south. The Risorgimento was soon almost complete.

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  • Lucy Riall 2 episodes
    Professor of Comparative History of Europe at the European University Institute and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Eugenio Biagini No other episodes
    Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Cambridge
  • David Laven No other episodes
    Associate Professor of History at the University of Nottingham

Reading list

  • The Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy
    Derek Beales and Eugenio F. Biagini (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) Google Books →
  • The Italian Risorgimento
    Martin Clark (Longman, 2009) Google Books →
  • The Origins of the Italian Wars of Independence
    Frank J. Coppa (Longman, 1992) Google Books →
  • The Risorgimento and Unification (1789-1896) The Short Oxford History of Italy
    John A. Davis (ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796
    Christopher Duggan (Allen Lane, 2007) Google Books →
  • The Making of Italy, 1796 - 1870
    Denis Mack Smith (Macmillan, 1968) Google Books →
  • Religion and Politics in the Risorgimento: Britain and the New Italy, 1861-1875
    Danilo Raponi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) Google Books →
  • Risorgimento: The History of Italy from Napoleon to Nation State
    Lucy Riall (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) Google Books →
  • Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero
    Lucy Riall (Yale University Press, 2007) Google Books →
  • Under the Volcano: Revolution in a Sicilian Town
    Lucy Riall (Oxford University Press, 2013) Google Books →
  • Garibaldi: Citizen of the World: A Biography
    Alfonso Scirocco (Princeton University Press, 2007) Google Books →
  • A History of Italy 1700 - 1860: The Social Constraints of Political Change
    Stuart Woolf (Methuen, 1979) Google Books →

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