Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Coming-Risorgimento in Exile

Risorgimento in Exile: Italian Émigrés and the Liberal International in the Post-Napoleonic Era
Maurizio Isabella
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9780198749066

"This is an impressive case study of the intellectual development of Italian exiles in the period 1815-35, ambitiously placing them in a transnational, even world context. In the field of Risorgimento history, it breaks new ground in reassessing pre-Mazzini activism and its impact on later generations. In the field of post-Napoleonic Europe, it provides a methodology for exploring diverse aspects of the anti-Metternich discourse and how those strands were intertwined together: it will be essential reading for historians of this period. Based on an impressive command of sources in French and Spanish (as well as the author's native Italian) the work also has a broader resonance for any historian wishing to consider transnational intellectual currents, their possibilities and limits, and even offers lessons for the present-day European Union. The quality of writing and the breadth of research in this work make it a real scholarly achievement." - Gladstone Prize Committee

Maurizio Isabella is Lecturer in Modern European History at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has been a Research fellow at Birkbeck College, London, and Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University. This is his first book.