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Mazzini

Martin Wight

in Four Seminal Thinkers in International Theory

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780199273676
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602771 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273677.003.0004
Mazzini

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Mazzini was a nationalist, a revolutionary, and a romantic. Although an ex-Catholic, he was deeply sympathetic to religion. He saw progress as the law of God, and duty as what man owed to God. He was a democratic socialist who had contempt for power politics, as in the diplomatic manoeuvrings of Cavour. His brief dictatorship over Rome was based on high moral principles. He believed that God had allotted roles for the major European nations, seeing in this a special destiny for Italy and Rome.

Keywords: democratic socialism; duty to God; Italy; moral principles; national roles; nationalism; progress; revolutionism; romanticism; Rome

Chapter.  10418 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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