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Irish Nationalism and the Italian Risorgimento

Colin Barr (editor)
Michele Finelli (editor)
Anne O'Connor (editor)
Publication date:
3rd December 2013

Author Biography

Colin Barr, senior lecturer in History, University of Aberdeen. Author of UCD Press title The European Culture Wars in Ireland: The Callan Schools Affair, 1868-1881 (2010) and Paul Cullen, John Henry Newman, and the Catholic University of Ireland, 1845-65 (2003). Michele Finelli is a postdoctoral fellow at the Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Universita di Pisa. Author of three monographs on Mazzini Il Prezioso Elemento: Giuseppe Mazzini e gli emigrati italiani nell'esperienza della Scuola Italiana di Londra (1999; Il Monumento di Carta. L'Edizione Nazionale degli Scritti di Giuseppe Mazzini (2004); La memoria di marmo. L'iconografia mazziniana nelle province di Massa-Carrara e La Spezia (2007). Anne O'Connor is a lecturer in Italian at National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Florence: City and Memory in the Nineteenth Century (published in Italian as Firenze: La citta e la memoria nell'Ottocento) (2008).


Nation-Nazione brings together scholars of Ireland and Italy to examine the multiple intersections, impacts, and influences that flowed between Italy and Ireland, and Italian and Irish nationalists, in the nineteenth century. By locating both Irish and Italian history in their wider European and comparative contexts, the book contributes to a fuller understanding of the national movements of both places, and the often surprising and unexpected intersections from electoral politics to culture to military force, as well as the abiding impact of Italian events, myths, and personalities in Ireland, and Irish in Italy. For Irish historians, it questions the image of Irish isolation or exceptionalism, just as it reminds Italians that the most distant corners of Europe impacted on their own national history. The first book to comprehensively address this topic, Nation/Nazione will open entirely new fields of research for scholars.