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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


The History of Italy from Napoleon to Nation State

ISBN 9780230216693
Publication Date January 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

The Risorgimento is considered to be the defining moment in Italy's history, the period where Italy became a nation and entered the modern world. Lucy Riall provides a provocative and pioneering examination of the historical debates surrounding this complex and controversial period, incorporating new research on national identity.

Lucy Riall is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and is the author of Sicily and the Unification of Italy: Liberal Policy and Local Power (1859-1866) (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero (Yale University Press, 2007).

Risorgimento, Reform and Revolution
The Risorgimento and the History of Italy
The Politics of Restoration
Social Conflict and Social Change
Growth, Stagnation and Economic Difference
Nation, Identity and Nationalist Politics
Italian Unification


Extremely well-written and articulately analyzed, Risorgimento offers readers an engaging and invaluable introduction to a complex and determinative component of Italian history. Its outstanding synthesis of historical narrative and historical interpretation make it a must read for those interested in the origins and trajectory of contemporary Italy.' – Marla Stone, Professor of History, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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