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The Lure of the Risorgimento


  • Choose an item from the Garibaldi and the Risorgimento digital archive and discuss how Garibaldi was portrayed in contemporary popular culture.
  • What was the appeal to British radicals of figures such as Mazzini, Garibaldi and Orsini?
  • How was the Risorgimento used by British feminists to subvert female stereotypes?
  • What role did ex-patriot women living in Italy play in the cultural politics of the Risorgimento

Key Reading

Nick Carter (ed.), Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, especially intro and chapters by Allen, Bacchin and Sutcliffe

Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe, Victorian Radicals and Italian Democrats, especially intro

Sarah Richardson, The Political Worlds of Women, chapter 8

Garibaldi and the Risorgimento

Further Reading

Barbara Caine, 'La bella liberta', Women's Writing, 10 (2003)

Alison Chapman, ‘On Il Risorgimento

Margot Finn, After Chartism

Maura O'Connor, 'Civilizing Southern Italy: British and Italian women and the cultural politics of European nation building', Women's Writing, 10 (2003)

Lucy Riall, The Italian Risorgimento: state, society and national unification

Lucy Riall, The Risorgimento Revisited 

Garibaldi and Mazzini