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    Eroi maschili, virilità e forme della guerra

    Riall, Lucy (2007) Eroi maschili, virilità e forme della guerra. In: Banti, A. M. and Ginsborg, P. (eds.) Storia d'Italia. Annali 22. Il Risorgimento. Turin, Italy: Einaudi. ISBN 8806167294.

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    This article looks at the relationship between militarism, masculinity and nationalism in the Italian Risorgimento. War is not usually associated with the idea of the Italian nation, and Italy has been left out of recent comparative accounts of war and masculinity by writers such as George Mosse and Karen Hagemann. Instead, I show that a military ideal did emerge and gain influence in Italy during the 'Risorgimento', and this military ideal used a gendered language. It was linked to the political conflicts of post-Napoleonic Italy and to the construction and dissemination of a radical nationalist discourse which was developed in opposition to existing governments. Focusing above all on the image of the volunteer in the wars of the Risorgimento, I argue that Italy was a different case from either Germany and France. Moreover, an analysis of Risorgimento Italy suggests shortcomings in the current approach, which focuses only on the construction of official nationalist discourse, and only on its authoritarian outcomes.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Translated by Emilia Benghi, Davis Scaffei and Manuela Vallone. Suggested English title 'Heroes, male virility and forms of war' in History of Italy. Annals 22. The Risorgimento.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
    Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2008 14:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:48


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