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.
Anne O'Connor and Colin Barr
- The historiography of Irish and Italian national movements
- LEADERS AND FIGUREHEADS
- Roland Sarti
- Giuseppe Mazzini, father of European Democracy?
- Father Gioacchino Ventura and Daniel O'Connell's funeral oration
- WAR AND CRISIS
- Ciaran O'Carroll
- The Papal Irish Brigade
- Origins and objectives and fortunes
- Conflict, confusion and controversy
- The Italian Risorgimento and the Irish Papal Brigade
- Irish public opinion and the Risorgimento through the eyes of the press, 1859-60
- REACTION AND INTERACTION
- Colin Barr
- Mazzinians, Garibaldians and Fenians
- The Risorgimento in the Irish Catholic imagination
- 'That Noble Struggle'
- Irish Conservative Attitudes towards the Risorgimento, c. 1848-70
- Irish nationalism and the demise of the Papal States, 1848-71
- CULTURE AND GENDER
- Emanuelo Minuto
- The reception of Thomas Moore in Italy in the nineteenth century
Donatella Abbate Badin
- Female agency in the Risorgimento
- Lady Morgan's role and impact
- Women in the Risorgimento and Irish independence movement
‘Nation/Nazione, which places nineteenth-century Ireland firmly within the wider European context, is … a very welcome and important addition to the existing historiography. Its focus on the “interactions and intersections” between Irish and Italian nationalism means the volume also stands as a significant contribution to the growing transnational literature on the Italian Risorgimento … This is a book with much to recommend it.’
‘Authors, editors and publisher have clearly worked hard to hone this very welcome collection into a highly presentable volume. It will hopefully encourage them and others to further comparative work on Ireland and Italy both within and beyond the ambit of nineteenth–century nationalism.’
Irish Literary Supplement
'Nation/Nazione provides an exhaustive overview of Irish nationalism’s interactions with, and parallels to, the Italian Risorgimento…Nation/Nazione’s many strong points also go a long way to providing a firm foundation for future work.'
Aidan Beatty (University of Chicago), The Irish Story.
'What is a nation and how is it formed? These are some of the key questions raised by this book, which is concerned primarily with two national movements that took place at around the same time, one in Italy, the other in Ireland. The various ways in which these two different campaigns influenced one another during their respective struggles also comes under the spotlight. At its core is the message that nationalism meant a different thing in each country, or rather that the route to achieve it was different.'
Oliver O’Hanlon (University College Cork), Irish Studies Review.
'This book will interest everyone concerned not only with the creation of modern Italy, but to the interactions over the course of the 19th Century of the emerging states of the European Community with interactions and interrelations that were both conflicting and fruitful.'