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Prologue

Lucy Riall

in Under the Volcano

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199646494
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646494.003.0001
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The prologue describes the murderous revolt that broke out in Bronte in 1860 at the climax of Garibaldi's expedition to Sicily. The revolt provoked a brutal crackdown that was applauded at the time. However, later generations took a very different view and Bronte became the starting point for an alternative ‘anti-nationalist’ narrative of Italian unification that has persisted, and indeed grown in popularity, until today.

Keywords: Giuseppe Garibaldi; Risorgimento; peasant revolt; Horatio Nelson; Nino Bixio; Giovanni Verga; 150 years of Italian unification

Chapter.  2194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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