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Title: English radicals and Italian democrats : a long connection (1837-1890)
Author: Sutcliffe, Marcella Pellegrino
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 7371
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2011
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This study analyses the English fascination with Italy from a new perspective: geographically, it takes leave from industrial provincial England and terminates in London's East End; socially, it shifts the traditional focus of enquiry from the educated classes to the adult education movement; chronologically, it pushes the boundaries of conventional periodization by embracing the long Risorgimento and including the nationbuilding phase within the remit of its enquiry. The aim is to demonstrate that parallel to the romantic attraction which coloured the familiar rhetoric on Italy of the English elites, ran another deep, powerful narrative, the transnational connection between English radicals and Italian democrats, which unfolded from the arrival of Giuseppe Mazzini in England, in 1837, to the death of Aurelio Saffi in Italy, in '1890. Such period - a veritable 'Mazzinian epoch' - has escaped systematic historiographical scrutiny while the ephemeral 'Garibaldi moment' has occupied centre stage: moreover, traditional representations of the 'close friendship between Italians and Englishmen', constructed around paradigms of high politics and 'class', have overshadowed the network of enduring contacts which found root in the shared principles of 'radical democracy' disseminated amongst workers, artisans and co-operators. It is on this long connection, hitherto neglected by historians, that this study focuses.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Royal Historical Society ; School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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