revi ew e s say Lincoln, Cavour, and National Unification American Republicanism and Italian Liberal Nationalism in Comparative Perspective enrico dal lago introduction In recent years, thanks especially to the work of transnational scholars, the American Civil War has acquired a place in the growing literature on nineteenth-century nation-building in the Euro-American world. Yet, in the 1960s David Potter had already claimed the war's important contributions to world history. In his view, the American Civil War "turned the tide which had been running against nationalism for forty years" and "forged a bond between nationalism and liberalism at a time when it appeared that the two might draw apart and move in opposite directions" after the defeat of the 1848 European revolutions. Potter referred specifically to the ideology of Lincoln and the Republican Party as a high tide of a type of liberal nationalism with a great deal in common with mid-nineteenth-century European movements. The most celebrated of these was the Risorgimento, which achieved Italian national unification on liberal principles with the creation of an Italian constitutional monarchy in 1861.1 With the present essay, I intend to illustrate a comparative project on the American Civil War and Italian national
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 13, 2013
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