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ITALIAN UNIFICATION (Italian : Unità d'Italia), or the RISORGIMENTO ( , meaning resurgence or revival), was the political and social movement that consolidated different states of the Italian peninsula into the single state of the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
in the 19th century. The process began in 1815 with the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
and was completed in 1871 when Rome
Rome
became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The memory of the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
is central to both Italian politics and Italian historiography, for this short period (1815–1860) is one of the most contested and controversial in modern Italian history. Italian nationalism was based among intellectuals and political activists, often operating from exile.

CONTENTS

* 1 Background

* 1.1 French Revolution
French Revolution
* 1.2 Reaction and dreams 1815–1848 * 1.3 The Carboneria * 1.4 Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
and Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi

* 2 Early revolutionary activity

* 2.1 Exiles and European and masculine ideals * 2.2 Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
insurrection * 2.3 Piedmont
Piedmont
insurrection * 2.4 1830 insurrections

* 3 Revolutions of 1848–1849 and First Italian Independence War

* 3.1 Cavour and the prospects for unification

* 4 Towards the Kingdom of Italy
Italy

* 4.1 The "Pisacane" fiasco * 4.2 The Second Italian Independence War of 1859 and its aftermath * 4.3 The Mille expedition * 4.4 Defeat of the Kingdom of Naples
Naples
* 4.5 Roman Question
Roman Question

* 5 Third War of Independence (1866)

* 6 Rome
Rome

* 6.1 Mentana
Mentana
and Villa Glori * 6.2 Memorial * 6.3 Capture of Rome

* 7 The problems of unification

* 7.1 Ruling and representing southern Italy
Italy

* 8 Historiography

* 9 Risorgimento
Risorgimento
and irredentism

* 9.1 Irredentism
Irredentism
and the two World Wars * 9.2 After World War II

* 10 Anniversary of Risorgimento
Risorgimento

* 11 Culture and Risorgimento
Risorgimento

* 11.1 Art * 11.2 Literature * 11.3 Music * 11.4 Films

* 12 Maps of Italy
Italy
before and during Italian unification
Italian unification
* 13 References

* 14 Bibliography

* 14.1 Historiography * 14.2 Italian

* 15 External links

BACKGROUND

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
, the Roman province of Italy
Italy
remained united under the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
and later disputed between the Kingdom of the Lombards
Kingdom of the Lombards
and the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire . Following conquest by the Frankish Empire
Frankish Empire
, the title of King of Italy
Italy
merged with the office of Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
. However, the emperor was an absentee foreigner who had little concern for the governance of Italy
Italy
as a state; as a result, Italy
Italy
gradually developed into a system of city-states .

This situation persisted through the Renaissance
Renaissance
but began to deteriorate with the rise of modern nation-states in the early modern period . Italy, including the Papal States
Papal States
, then became the site of proxy wars between the major powers, notably the Holy Roman Empire (later Austria), Spain and France.

Harbingers of national unity appeared in the treaty of the Italic League , in 1454, and the 15th century foreign policy of Cosimo De Medici and Lorenzo De Medici
Lorenzo De Medici
. Leading Renaissance
Renaissance
Italian writers Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri
, Petrarch
Petrarch
, Boccaccio
Boccaccio
, Niccolò Machiavelli
Niccolò Machiavelli
and Francesco Guicciardini expressed opposition to foreign domination. Petrarch
Petrarch
stated that the "ancient valour in Italian hearts is not yet dead" in Italia Mia. Niccolò Machiavelli
Niccolò Machiavelli
later quoted four verses from Italia Mia in The Prince
The Prince
, which looked forward to a political leader who would unite Italy
Italy
"to free her from the barbarians".

A sense of Italian national identity was reflected in Gian Rinaldo Carli 's Della Patria degli Italiani, written in 1764, which told how a stranger entered a café in Milan
Milan
and puzzled its occupants by saying that he was neither a foreigner nor a Milanese. "'Then what are you?' they asked. 'I am an Italian,' he explained."

FRENCH REVOLUTION

The Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars destroyed the old structures of feudalism in Italy
Italy
and introduced modern ideas and efficient legal authority; it provided much of the intellectual force and social capital that fueled unification movements for decades after it collapsed in 1814. The French Republic spread republican principles, and the institutions of republican governments promoted citizenship over the rule of the Bourbons and Habsburgs and other dynasties. The reaction against any outside control challenged Napoleon's choice of rulers. As Napoleon's reign began to fail, the rulers he had installed tried to keep their thrones (among them: Eugène de Beauharnais
Eugène de Beauharnais
, viceroy of Italy
Italy
and Joachim Murat
Joachim Murat
, king of Naples
Naples
) further feeding nationalistic sentiments. Beauharnais tried to get Austrian approval for his succession to the new Kingdom of Italy, and on 30 March 1815 Murat issued the Rimini Proclamation
Rimini Proclamation
, which called on Italians
Italians
to revolt against their Austrian occupiers.

REACTION AND DREAMS 1815–1848

After Napoleon
Napoleon
fell, the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
(1814–15) restored the pre-Napoleonic patchwork of independent governments. Italy
Italy
was again controlled largely by the Austrian Empire
Austrian Empire
and the Habsburgs , as they directly controlled the predominantly Italian-speaking northeastern part of Italy
Italy
and were, together, the most powerful force against unification.

An important figure of this period was Francesco Melzi d\'Eril , serving as vice-president of the Napoleonic Italian Republic (1802–1805) and consistent supporter of the Italian unification ideals that would lead to the Italian Risorgimento
Risorgimento
shortly after his death. Meanwhile, artistic and literary sentiment also turned towards nationalism; Vittorio Alfieri
Vittorio Alfieri
, Francesco Lomonaco and Niccolò Tommaseo are generally considered three great literary precursors of Italian nationalism, but the most famous of proto-nationalist works was Alessandro Manzoni 's I promessi sposi (The Betrothed) widely read as a thinly-veiled allegorical critique of Austrian rule. Published in 1827 and extensively revised in the following years the 1840 version of I Promessi Sposi used a standardized version of the Tuscan dialect , a conscious effort by the author to provide a language and force people to learn it.

Exiles dreamed of unification. Three ideals of unification appeared. Vincenzo Gioberti , a Piedmontese priest, had suggested a confederation of Italian states under leadership of the Pope in his 1842 book, Of the Moral and Civil Primacy of the Italians. Pope Pius IX at first appeared interested but he turned reactionary and led the battle against liberalism and nationalism.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
and Carlo Cattaneo
Carlo Cattaneo
wanted the unification of Italy under a federal republic . That proved too extreme for most nationalists. The middle position was proposed by Cesare Balbo (1789–1853) as a confederation of separate Italian states led by Piedmont.

THE CARBONERIA

Italian unification
Italian unification

One of the most influential revolutionary groups was the Carboneria , a secret political discussion group formed in Southern Italy
Italy
early in the 19th century, the members were called Carbonari. After 1815, Freemasonry
Freemasonry
in Italy
Italy
was repressed and discredited due to its French connections. A void was left that the Carboneria filled with a movement that closely resembled Freemasonry
Freemasonry
but with a commitment to Italian nationalism and no association with Napoleon
Napoleon
and his government. The response came from middle class professionals and business men and some intellectuals. The Carboneria disowned Napoleon but nevertheless were inspired by the principles of the French Revolution regarding liberty, equality and fraternity. They developed their own rituals, and were strongly anticlerical. The Carboneria movement spread across Italy.

Conservative governments feared the Carboneria, imposing stiff penalties on men discovered to be members. Nevertheless, the movement survived and continued to be a source of political turmoil in Italy from 1820 until after unification. The Carbonari condemned Napoleon III (who, as a young man, had fought on the side of the Carbonari) to death for failing to unite Italy, and the group almost succeeded in assassinating him in 1858, when Felice Orsini , Giovanni Andrea Pieri , Carlo Di Rudio and Andrea Gomez launched three bombs to him. Many leaders of the unification movement were at one time or other members of this organization. The chief purpose was to defeat tyranny and to establish constitutional government. Though contributing some service to the cause of Italian unity, historians such as Cornelia Shiver doubt that their achievements were proportional to their pretensions.

GIUSEPPE MAZZINI AND GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI

Garibaldi and Cavour making Italy
Italy
in a satirical cartoon of 1861

Many leading Carbonari revolutionaries wanted a republic, two of the most prominent being Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
and Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi
. Mazzini's activity in revolutionary movements caused him to be imprisoned soon after he joined. While in prison, he concluded that Italy
Italy
could − and therefore should − be unified and formulated his program for establishing a free, independent, and republican nation with Rome
Rome
as its capital. Following his release in 1831, he went to Marseille
Marseille
in France, where he organized a new political society called La Giovine Italia (Young Italy) , whose motto was "Dio e Popolo" (God and People), which sought the unification of Italy.

Garibaldi, a native of Nice
Nice
(then part of France) participated in an uprising in Piedmont
Piedmont
in 1834 and was sentenced to death but he escaped to South America
South America
, spending fourteen years in exile, taking part in several wars and learning the art of guerrilla warfare before his return to Italy
Italy
in 1848.

EARLY REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITY

Guglielmo Pepe
Guglielmo Pepe
The Arrest of Silvio Pellico
Silvio Pellico
and Piero Maroncelli, Saluzzo
Saluzzo
, civic museum

EXILES AND EUROPEAN AND MASCULINE IDEALS

Many of the key intellectual and political leaders operated from exile; most Risorgimento
Risorgimento
patriots lived and published their work abroad after successive failed revolutions. Exile became a central theme of the foundational legacy of the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
as the narrative of the Italian nation fighting for independence. The exiles were deeply immersed in European ideas, and often hammered away at what Europeans saw as Italian vices, especially effeminacy and indolence. These negative stereotypes emerged from Enlightenment notions of national character that stressed the influence of the environment and history on a people's moral predisposition. Italian exiles both challenged and embraced the stereotypes and typically presented gendered interpretations of Italy's political "degeneration". They called for a masculine response to feminine weaknesses as the basis of a national regeneration, and fashioned their image of the future Italian nation firmly in the standards of European nationalism.

TWO SICILIES INSURRECTION

In 1820, Spaniards successfully revolted over disputes about their Constitution, which influenced the development of a similar movement in Italy. Inspired by the Spaniards (who, in 1812, had created their constitution), a regiment in the army of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
, commanded by Guglielmo Pepe
Guglielmo Pepe
, a Carbonaro (member of the secret republican organisation), mutinied, conquering the peninsular part of Two Sicilies. The king, Ferdinand I , agreed to enact a new constitution. The revolutionaries, though, failed to court popular support and fell to Austrian troops of the Holy Alliance . Ferdinand abolished the constitution and began systematically persecuting known revolutionaries. Many supporters of revolution in Sicily
Sicily
, including the scholar Michele Amari , were forced into exile during the decades that followed.

PIEDMONT INSURRECTION

The leader of the 1821 revolutionary movement in Piedmont
Piedmont
was Santorre di Santarosa , who wanted to remove the Austrians and unify Italy
Italy
under the House of Savoy
House of Savoy
. The Piedmont
Piedmont
revolt started in Alessandria
Alessandria
, where troops adopted the green, white, and red tricolore of the Cisalpine Republic
Cisalpine Republic
. The king's regent, prince Charles Albert , acting while the king Charles Felix was away, approved a new constitution to appease the revolutionaries, but when the king returned he disavowed the constitution and requested assistance from the Holy Alliance . Di Santarosa's troops were defeated, and the would-be Piedmontese revolutionary fled to Paris
Paris
.

In Milan
Milan
, Silvio Pellico
Silvio Pellico
and Pietro Maroncelli organised several attempts to weaken the hold of the Austrian despotism by indirect educational means. In October 1820, Pellico and Maroncelli were arrested on the charge of carbonarism and imprisoned.

1830 INSURRECTIONS

Historian Denis Mack Smith argues that:

Few people in 1830, believed that an Italian nation might exist. There were eight states in the peninsula, each with distinct laws and traditions. No one had had the desire or the resources to revive Napoleon's partial experiment in unification. The settlement of 1814–15, had merely restored regional divisions, with the added disadvantage that the decisive victory of Austria
Austria
over France temporarily hindered Italians
Italians
in playing off their former oppressors against each other. ... Italians
Italians
who, like Ugo Foscolo
Ugo Foscolo
and Gabriele Rossetti , harboured patriotic sentiments, were driven into exile. The largest Italian state, the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, with its 8 million inhabitants, seemed aloof and indifferent: Sicily
Sicily
and Naples
Naples
had once formed part of Spain, and it had always been foreign to the rest of Italy. The common people in each region, and even the intellectual elite, spoke their mutually unintelligible dialects, and lacked the least vestiges of national consciousness. They wanted good government, not self-government, and had welcomed Napoleon
Napoleon
and the French as more equitable and efficient than their native dynasties. Ciro Menotti

After 1830, revolutionary sentiment in favour of a unified Italy began to experience a resurgence, and a series of insurrections laid the groundwork for the creation of one nation along the Italian peninsula.

The Duke of Modena
Modena
, Francis IV , was an ambitious noble, and he hoped to become king of Northern Italy
Italy
by increasing his territory. In 1826, Francis made it clear that he would not act against those who subverted opposition toward the unification of Italy. Encouraged by the declaration, revolutionaries in the region began to organize.

During the July Revolution
July Revolution
of 1830 in France, revolutionaries forced the king to abdicate and created the July Monarchy
July Monarchy
with encouragement from the new French king, Louis-Philippe . Louis-Philippe had promised revolutionaries such as Ciro Menotti that he would intervene if Austria
Austria
tried to interfere in Italy
Italy
with troops. Fearing he would lose his throne, Louis-Philippe did not, however, intervene in Menotti's planned uprising. The Duke of Modena
Modena
abandoned his Carbonari supporters, arrested Menotti and other conspirators in 1831, and once again conquered his duchy with help from the Austrian troops. Menotti was executed, and the idea of a revolution centered in Modena
Modena
faded.

At the same time, other insurrections arose in the Papal Legations
Papal Legations
of Bologna
Bologna
, Forlì
Forlì
, Ravenna
Ravenna
, Imola
Imola
, Ferrara
Ferrara
, Pesaro
Pesaro
and Urbino
Urbino
. These successful revolutions, which adopted the tricolore in favour of the Papal flag, quickly spread to cover all the Papal Legations, and their newly installed local governments proclaimed the creation of a united Italian nation. The revolts in Modena
Modena
and the Papal Legations inspired similar activity in the Duchy of Parma
Duchy of Parma
, where the tricolore flag was adopted. The Parmese duchess Marie Louise left the city during the political upheaval.

Insurrected provinces planned to unite as the Province Italiane unite (United Italian Provinces), which prompted Pope Gregory XVI
Pope Gregory XVI
to ask for Austrian help against the rebels. Austrian Chancellor Metternich warned Louis-Philippe that Austria
Austria
had no intention of letting Italian matters be, and that French intervention would not be tolerated. Louis-Philippe withheld any military help and even arrested Italian patriots living in France.

In early 1831, the Austrian army began its march across the Italian peninsula, slowly crushing resistance in each province that had revolted. This military action suppressed much of the fledgling revolutionary movement, and resulted in the arrest of many radical leaders.

REVOLUTIONS OF 1848–1849 AND FIRST ITALIAN INDEPENDENCE WAR

Main articles: Revolutions of 1848 in the Italian states
Revolutions of 1848 in the Italian states
and First Italian War of Independence Execution of the Bandiera Brothers
Bandiera Brothers

In 1844, two brothers from Venice
Venice
, Attilio and Emilio Bandiera , members of the Giovine Italia , planned to make a raid on the Calabrian coast against the Kingdom of Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
in support of Italian Unification. They assembled a band of about twenty men ready to sacrifice their lives, and set sail on their venture on 12 June 1844. Four days later they landed near Crotone
Crotone
, intending to go to Cosenza
Cosenza
, liberate the political prisoners and issue their proclamations. Tragically for the Bandiera brothers, they did not find the insurgent band they were told awaited them, so they moved towards La Sila . They were ultimately betrayed by one of their party, the Corsican Pietro Boccheciampe, and by some peasants who believed them to be Turkish pirates. A detachment of gendarmes and volunteers were sent against them, and after a short fight the whole band was taken prisoner and escorted to Cosenza, where a number of Calabrians who had taken part in a previous rising were also under arrest. The Bandiera brothers and their nine companions were executed by firing squad; some accounts state they cried "Viva l’Italia!" ("Long live Italy!") as they fell. The moral effect was enormous throughout Italy, the action of the authorities was universally condemned, and the martyrdom of the Bandiera brothers bore fruit in the subsequent revolutions. Ruggero Settimo
Ruggero Settimo

On 5 January 1848, the revolutionary disturbances began with a civil disobedience strike in Lombardy
Lombardy
, as citizens stopped smoking cigars and playing the lottery , which denied Austria
Austria
the associated tax revenue. Shortly after this, revolts began on the island of Sicily
Sicily
and in Naples. In Sicily
Sicily
the revolt resulted in the proclamation of the Kingdom of Sicily
Sicily
with Ruggero Settimo
Ruggero Settimo
as Chairman of the independent state until 1849 when the Bourbon army took back full control of the island on 15 May 1849 by force.

In February 1848, there were revolts in Tuscany
Tuscany
that were relatively nonviolent, after which Grand Duke Leopold II granted the Tuscans a constitution. A breakaway republican provisional government formed in Tuscany
Tuscany
during February shortly after this concession. On 21 February, Pope Pius IX
Pius IX
granted a constitution to the Papal States, which was both unexpected and surprising considering the historical recalcitrance of the Papacy. On 23 February 1848, King Louis Philippe of France was forced to flee Paris
Paris
, and a republic was proclaimed. By the time the revolution in Paris
Paris
occurred, three states of Italy
Italy
had constitutions—four if one considers Sicily
Sicily
to be a separate state. Battle of Goito
Battle of Goito

Meanwhile, in Lombardy, tensions increased until the Milanese and Venetians rose in revolt on 18 March 1848. The insurrection in Milan succeeded in expelling the Austrian garrison after five days of street fights – 18–22 March (Cinque giornate di Milano ). An Austrian army under Marshal Josef Radetzky besieged Milan, but due to defection of many of his troops and the support of the Milanese for the revolt, they were forced to retreat.

Soon, Charles Albert , the King of Sardinia (who ruled Piedmont
Piedmont
and Savoy
Savoy
), urged by the Venetians and Milanese to aid their cause, decided this was the moment to unify Italy
Italy
and declared war on Austria ( First Italian Independence War ). After initial successes at Goito and Peschiera , he was decisively defeated by Radetzky at the Battle of Custoza on 24 July. An armistice was agreed to, and Radetzky regained control of all of Lombardy-Venetia
Lombardy-Venetia
save Venice
Venice
itself, where the Republic of San Marco was proclaimed under Daniele Manin .

While Radetzky consolidated control of Lombardy-Venetia
Lombardy-Venetia
and Charles Albert licked his wounds, matters took a more serious turn in other parts of Italy. The monarchs who had reluctantly agreed to constitutions in March came into conflict with their constitutional ministers. At first, the republics had the upper hand, forcing the monarchs to flee their capitals, including Pope Pius IX
Pius IX
. Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini

Initially, Pius IX
Pius IX
had been something of a reformer, but conflicts with the revolutionaries soured him on the idea of constitutional government. In November 1848, following the assassination of his Minister Pellegrino Rossi
Pellegrino Rossi
, Pius IX
Pius IX
fled just before Giuseppe Garibaldi and other patriots arrived in Rome. In early 1849, elections were held for a Constituent Assembly, which proclaimed a Roman Republic on 9 February. On 2 February 1849, at a political rally held in the Apollo Theater, a young Roman priest, the Abbé Carlo Arduini , had made a speech in which he had declared that the temporal power of the popes was a "historical lie, a political imposture, and a religious immorality." In early March 1849, Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
arrived in Rome
Rome
and was appointed Chief Minister. In the Constitution
Constitution
of the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
, religious freedom was guaranteed by article 7, the independence of the pope as head of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
was guaranteed by article 8 of the Principi fondamentali, while the death penalty was abolished by article 5, and free public education was provided by article 8 of the Titolo I. Daniele Manin and Niccolò Tommaseo after the proclamation of the Republic of San Marco

Before the powers could respond to the founding of the Roman Republic, Charles Albert, whose army had been trained by the exiled Polish general Albert Chrzanowski
Albert Chrzanowski
, renewed the war with Austria. He was quickly defeated by Radetzky at Novara on 23 March 1849. Charles Albert abdicated in favour of his son, Victor Emmanuel II
Victor Emmanuel II
, and Piedmontese ambitions to unite Italy
Italy
or conquer Lombardy
Lombardy
were, for the moment, brought to an end. The war ended with a treaty signed on 9 August. A popular revolt broke out in Brescia on the same day as the defeat at Novara, but was suppressed by the Austrians ten days later.

There remained the Roman and Venetian Republics. In April, a French force under Charles Oudinot was sent to Rome. Apparently, the French first wished to mediate between the Pope and his subjects, but soon the French were determined to restore the Pope. After a two-month siege, Rome
Rome
capitulated on 29 June 1849 and the Pope was restored. Garibaldi and Mazzini once again fled into exile—in 1850 Garibaldi went to New York City
New York City
. Meanwhile, the Austrians besieged Venice defended by a volunteer army led by Daniele Manin and Guglielmo Pepe
Guglielmo Pepe
, which were forced to surrender on 24 August. Pro-independence fighters were hanged en masse in Belfiore , while the Austrians moved to restore order in central Italy, restoring the princes who had been expelled and establishing their control over the Papal Legations
Papal Legations
. The revolutions were thus completely crushed.

CAVOUR AND THE PROSPECTS FOR UNIFICATION

Morale was of course badly weakened, but the dream of Risorgimento did not die. Instead, the Italian patriots learned some lessons that made them much more effective at the next opportunity in 1860. Military weakness was glaring, as the small Italian states were completely outmatched by France and Austria. France was a potential ally, and the patriots realized they had to focus all their attention on expelling Austria
Austria
first, with a willingness to give the French whatever they wanted in return for essential military intervention. The French in fact received Savoy
Savoy
and Nice
Nice
in 1860. Secondly, the patriots realized that the Pope was an enemy, and could never be the leader of a united Italy. Third they realized that republicanism was too weak a force. Unification had to be based on a strong monarchy, and in practice that meant reliance on Piedmont
Piedmont
(the Kingdom of Sardinia ) under King Victor Emmanuel II
Victor Emmanuel II
(1820-1878) of the House of Savoy
Savoy
. Count Cavour (1810 – 1861) provided critical leadership. He was a modernizer interested in agrarian improvements, banks, railways and free trade. He opened a newspaper as soon as censorship allowed it: Il Risorgimento
Risorgimento
called for the independence of Italy, a league of Italian princes, and moderate reforms. He had the ear of the king and in 1852 became prime minister. He ran an efficient active government, promoting rapid economic modernization while upgrading the administration of the army and the financial and legal systems. He sought out support from patriots across Italy. In 1855, the kingdom became an ally of Britain and France in the Crimean war
Crimean war
, which gave Cavour's diplomacy legitimacy in the eyes of the great powers.

TOWARDS THE KINGDOM OF ITALY

THE "PISACANE" FIASCO

In 1857, Carlo Pisacane , an aristocrat from Naples
Naples
who had embraced Mazzini's ideas, decided to provoke a rising in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies . His small force landed on the island of Ponza
Ponza
. It overpowered guards and liberated hundreds of prisoners. In sharp contrast to his hypothetical expectations, there was no local uprising and the invaders were quickly overpowered. Pisacane was killed by angry locals who suspected he was leading a gypsy band trying to steal their food.

THE SECOND ITALIAN INDEPENDENCE WAR OF 1859 AND ITS AFTERMATH

Main article: Second Italian War of Independence
Second Italian War of Independence
King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
Italy
Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour
Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour
, 1st Prime Minister of Italy
Italy

The 2nd War of Italian Independence began in April 1859 when the Sardinian Prime Minister Count Cavour found an ally in Napoleon
Napoleon
III. Napoleon
Napoleon
III signed a secret alliance and Cavour provoked Austria
Austria
with military maneuvers and eventually created the war in April 1859. Cavour called for volunteers to enlist in the Italian liberation. The Austrians planned to use their army to beat the Sardinians before the French could come to their aid. Austria
Austria
had an army of 140,000 men, while the Sardinians had a mere 70,000. This proved less important than it first appeared, however, as Emperor Franz Josef had chosen his officers based on their aristocratic titles and lineage instead of their personal merit. This strategy was no doubt socially acceptable, but the emperor soon discovered blue blood was a remarkably poor guarantor of military victory. Instead of swiftly entering the capital of Sardinia, the Austrian army crawled, taking almost ten days to travel the 80 kilometres (50 mi). By this time, the French had reinforced the Sardinians, so the Austrians retreated. Napoleon
Napoleon
III's plans worked and at the battle of Solferino, France defeated Austria and forced negotiations. The settlement, by which Lombardy
Lombardy
was annexed to Sardinia, left Austria
Austria
in control of Venice. Sardinia eventually won the Second War of Italian Unification due to statesmanship instead of armies or popular election. The final arrangement was ironed out by "back-room" deals instead of in the battlefield. This was because neither France, Austria, nor Sardinia wanted to risk another battle and could not handle further fighting. All of the sides were eventually unhappy with the final outcome of the 2nd War of Italian Unification and expected another conflict in the future.

THE MILLE EXPEDITION

Main article: Expedition of the Thousand Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Thus, by early 1860, only five states remained in Italy—the Austrians in Venetia, the Papal States
Papal States
(now minus the Legations), the new expanded Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and San Marino.

Francis II of the Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
, the son and successor of Ferdinand II (the infamous "King Bomba"), had a well-organized army of 150,000 men. But his father's tyranny had inspired many secret societies, and the kingdom's Swiss Mercenaries
Swiss Mercenaries
were unexpectedly recalled home under the terms of a new Swiss law that forbade Swiss citizens to serve as mercenaries. This left Francis with only his mostly-unreliable native troops. It was a critical opportunity for the unification movement. In April 1860, separate insurrections began in Messina and Palermo
Palermo
in Sicily, both of which had demonstrated a history of opposing Neapolitan rule. These rebellions were easily suppressed by loyal troops.

In the meantime, Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi
, a native of Nice, was deeply resentful of the French annexation of his home city. He hoped to use his supporters to regain the territory. Cavour, terrified of Garibaldi provoking a war with France, persuaded Garibaldi to instead use his forces in the Sicilian rebellions. On 6 May 1860, Garibaldi and his cadre of about a thousand Italian volunteers (called I Mille ), steamed from Quarto near Genoa
Genoa
, and, after a stop in Talamone
Talamone
on 11 May, landed near Marsala
Marsala
on the west coast of Sicily
Sicily
.

Near Salemi
Salemi
, Garibaldi's army attracted scattered bands of rebels, and the combined forces defeated the opposing army at Calatafimi on 13 May. Within three days, the invading force had swelled to 4,000 men. On 14 May Garibaldi proclaimed himself dictator of Sicily, in the name of Victor Emmanuel. After waging various successful but hard-fought battles, Garibaldi advanced upon the Sicilian capital of Palermo
Palermo
, announcing his arrival by beacon-fires kindled at night. On 27 May the force laid siege to the Porta Termini of Palermo, while a mass uprising of street and barricade fighting broke out within the city. Battle of Calatafimi

With Palermo
Palermo
deemed insurgent, Neapolitan general Ferdinando Lanza, arriving in Sicily
Sicily
with some 25,000 troops, furiously bombarded Palermo
Palermo
nearly to ruins. With the intervention of a British admiral, an armistice was declared, leading to the Neapolitan troops' departure and surrender of the town to Garibaldi and his much smaller army. In Palermo
Palermo
was created the Dictatorship of Garibaldi
Dictatorship of Garibaldi
.

This resounding success demonstrated the weakness of the Neapolitan government. Garibaldi's fame spread and many Italians
Italians
began to consider him a national hero. Doubt, confusion, and dismay overtook the Neapolitan court—the king hastily summoned his ministry and offered to restore an earlier constitution, but these efforts failed to rebuild the peoples' trust in Bourbon governance.

Six weeks after the surrender of Palermo, Garibaldi attacked Messina. Within a week, its citadel surrendered. Having conquered Sicily, Garibaldi proceeded to the mainland, crossing the Strait of Messina with the Neapolitan fleet at hand. The garrison at Reggio Calabria promptly surrendered. As he marched northward, the populace everywhere hailed him, and military resistance faded: on 18 and 21 August, the people of Basilicata
Basilicata
and Apulia
Apulia
, two regions of the Kingdom of Naples, independently declared their annexation to the Kingdom of Italy. At the end of August, Garibaldi was at Cosenza
Cosenza
, and, on 5 September, at Eboli
Eboli
, near Salerno
Salerno
. Meanwhile, Naples
Naples
had declared a state of siege, and on 6 September the king gathered the 4,000 troops still faithful to him and retreated over the Volturno
Volturno
river. The next day, Garibaldi, with a few followers, entered by train into Naples, where the people openly welcomed him.

DEFEAT OF THE KINGDOM OF NAPLES

People cheering as Garibaldi enters Naples
Naples

Though Garibaldi had easily taken the capital, the Neapolitan army had not joined the rebellion en masse, holding firm along the Volturno River . Garibaldi's irregular bands of about 25,000 men could not drive away the king or take the fortresses of Capua
Capua
and Gaeta
Gaeta
without the help of the Sardinian army. The Sardinian army, however, could only arrive by traversing the Papal States, which extended across the entire center of the peninsula. Ignoring the political will of the Holy See
Holy See
, Garibaldi announced his intent to proclaim a "Kingdom of Italy" from Rome
Rome
, the capital city of Pope Pius IX
Pius IX
. Seeing this as a threat to the domain of the Catholic Church, Pius threatened excommunication for those who supported such an effort. Afraid that Garibaldi would attack Rome, Catholics worldwide sent money and volunteers for the Papal Army, which was commanded by General Louis Lamoricière , a French exile. Battle of Volturno
Volturno

The settling of the peninsular standoff now rested with Napoleon
Napoleon
III. If he let Garibaldi have his way, Garibaldi would likely end the temporal sovereignty of the Pope and make Rome
Rome
the capital of Italy. Napoleon, however, may have arranged with Cavour to let the king of Sardinia free to take possession of Naples, Umbria
Umbria
and the other provinces, provided that Rome
Rome
and the "Patrimony of St. Peter
St. Peter
" were left intact.

It was in this situation that a Sardinian force of two army corps, under Fanti and Cialdini, marched to the frontier of the Papal States, its objective being not Rome
Rome
but Naples. The Papal troops under Lamoricière advanced against Cialdini, but were quickly defeated and besieged in the fortress of Ancona
Ancona
, finally surrendering on 29 September. On 9 October, Victor Emmanuel arrived and took command. There was no longer a papal army to oppose him, and the march southward proceeded unopposed. Victor Emmanuel meets Garibaldi near Teano
Teano

Garibaldi distrusted the pragmatic Cavour, particularly due to Cavour's role in the French annexation of Nice, Garibaldi's birthplace. Nevertheless, he accepted the command of Victor Emmanuel. When the king entered Sessa Aurunca
Sessa Aurunca
at the head of his army, Garibaldi willingly handed over his dictatorial power. After greeting Victor Emmanuel in Teano
Teano
with the title of King of Italy
Italy
, Garibaldi entered Naples
Naples
riding beside the king. Garibaldi then retired to the island of Caprera
Caprera
, while the remaining work of unifying the peninsula was left to Victor Emmanuel.

The progress of the Sardinian army compelled Francis II to give up his line along the river, and he eventually took refuge with his best troops in the fortress of Gaeta. His courage boosted by his resolute young wife, Duchess Marie Sophie of Bavaria , Francis mounted a stubborn defence that lasted three months. But European allies refused him aid, food and munitions became scarce, and disease set in, so the garrison was forced to surrender. Nonetheless, ragtag groups of Neapolitans loyal to Francis fought on against the Italian government for years to come.

The fall of Gaeta
Gaeta
brought the unification movement to the brink of fruition—only Rome
Rome
and Venetia remained to be added. On 18 February 1861, Victor Emmanuel assembled the deputies of the first Italian Parliament in Turin. On 17 March 1861, the Parliament proclaimed Victor Emmanuel King of Italy, and on 27 March 1861 Rome
Rome
was declared Capital of Italy, even though it was not actually in the new Kingdom.

Three months later Cavour, having seen his life's work nearly complete, died. When he was given the last rites, Cavour purportedly said: " Italy
Italy
is made. All is safe." Proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy
Italy

ROMAN QUESTION

Main article: Roman Question
Roman Question

Mazzini was discontent with the perpetuation of monarchical government and continued to agitate for a republic. With the motto "Free from the Alps
Alps
to the Adriatic ", the unification movement set its gaze on Rome
Rome
and Venice. There were obstacles, however. A challenge against the Pope's temporal dominion was viewed with great distrust by Catholics around the world, and there were French troops stationed in Rome. Victor Emmanuel was wary of the international repercussions of attacking the Papal States, and discouraged his subjects from participating in revolutionary ventures with such intentions. The Injured Garibaldi in the Aspromonte
Aspromonte
Mountains (oil on canvas), credited to Gerolamo Induno
Gerolamo Induno

Nonetheless, Garibaldi believed that the government would support him if he attacked Rome. Frustrated at inaction by the king, and bristling over perceived snubs, he came out of retirement to organize a new venture. In June 1862, he sailed from Genoa
Genoa
and landed again at Palermo, where he gathered volunteers for the campaign, under the slogan o Roma o Morte ("either Rome
Rome
or Death"). The garrison of Messina, loyal to the king's instructions, barred their passage to the mainland. Garibaldi's force, now numbering two thousand, turned south and set sail from Catania
Catania
. Garibaldi declared that he would enter Rome
Rome
as a victor or perish beneath its walls. He landed at Melito on 14 August and marched at once into the Calabrian mountains.

Far from supporting this endeavour, the Italian government was quite disapproving. General Cialdini dispatched a division of the regular army, under Colonel Pallavicino, against the volunteer bands. On 28 August the two forces met in the Aspromonte
Aspromonte
. One of the regulars fired a chance shot, and several volleys followed, but Garibaldi forbade his men to return fire on fellow subjects of the Kingdom of Italy. The volunteers suffered several casualties, and Garibaldi himself was wounded; many were taken prisoner. Garibaldi was taken by steamer to Varignano , where he was honorably imprisoned for a time, but finally released.

Meanwhile, Victor Emmanuel sought a safer means to the acquisition of the remaining Papal territory. He negotiated with the Emperor Napoleon for the removal of the French troops from Rome
Rome
through a treaty. They agreed to the September Convention in September 1864, by which Napoleon
Napoleon
agreed to withdraw the troops within two years. The Pope was to expand his own army during that time so as to be self-sufficient. In December 1866, the last of the French troops departed from Rome, in spite of the efforts of the pope to retain them. By their withdrawal, Italy
Italy
(excluding Venetia and Savoy) was freed from the presence of foreign soldiers.

The seat of government was moved in 1865 from Turin
Turin
, the old Sardinian capital, to Florence
Florence
, where the first Italian parliament was summoned. This arrangement created such disturbances in Turin
Turin
that the king was forced to leave that city hastily for his new capital.

THIRD WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (1866)

Main article: Third Italian War of Independence
Third Italian War of Independence
Battle of Custoza

In the Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
of 1866, Austria
Austria
contested with Prussia the position of leadership among the German states. The Kingdom of Italy
Italy
seized the opportunity to capture Venetia from Austrian rule and allied itself with Prussia. Austria
Austria
tried to persuade the Italian government to accept Venetia in exchange for non-intervention. However, on 8 April, Italy
Italy
and Prussia
Prussia
signed an agreement that supported Italy's acquisition of Venetia, and on 20 June Italy declared war on Austria. Within the context of Italian unification, the Austro-Prussian war is called Third Independence War, after the First (1848) and the Second (1859).

Victor Emmanuel hastened to lead an army across the Mincio
Mincio
to the invasion of Venetia, while Garibaldi was to invade the Tyrol with his Hunters of the Alps
Alps
. The enterprise ended in disaster. The Italian army encountered the Austrians at Custoza on 24 June and suffered a defeat. On 20 July the Regia Marina
Regia Marina
was defeated in the battle of Lissa . Italy's fortunes were not all so dismal, though. The following day, Garibaldi's volunteers defeated an Austrian force in the battle of Bezzecca , and moved toward Trento
Trento
.

Meanwhile, Prussian Minister President Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck
saw that his own ends in the war had been achieved, and signed an armistice with Austria
Austria
on 27 July. Italy
Italy
officially laid down its arms on 12 August. Garibaldi was recalled from his successful march and resigned with a brief telegram reading only "Obbedisco" ("I obey"). Victor Emmanuel II in Venice
Venice

In spite of Italy's poor showing, Prussia's success on the northern front obliged Austria
Austria
to cede Venetia. Under the terms of a peace treaty signed in Vienna
Vienna
on 12 October, Emperor Franz Joseph
Franz Joseph
had already agreed to cede Venetia to Napoleon
Napoleon
III in exchange for non-intervention in the Austro-Prussian War, and thus Napoleon
Napoleon
ceded Venetia to Italy
Italy
on 19 October, in exchange for the earlier Italian acquiescence to the French annexation of Savoy
Savoy
and Nice
Nice
.

In the peace treaty of Vienna, it was written that the annexation of Venetia would have become effective only after a referendum—taken on 21 and 22 October—to let the Venetian people express their will about being annexed or not to the Kingdom of Italy. Historians suggest that the referendum in Venetia was held under military pressure, as a mere 0.01% of voters (69 out of more than 642,000 ballots) voted against the annexation. However it should be admitted that the re-establishment of a Republic of Venice
Venice
orphan of Istria
Istria
and Dalmatia had little chances to develop.

Austrian forces put up some opposition to the invading Italians, to little effect. Victor Emmanuel entered Venice
Venice
and Venetian land, and performed an act of homage in the Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco
.

ROME

MENTANA AND VILLA GLORI

Garibaldi at Mentana
Mentana
, 3 November 1867

The national party, with Garibaldi at its head, still aimed at the possession of Rome, as the historic capital of the peninsula. In 1867 Garibaldi made a second attempt to capture Rome, but the papal army, strengthened with a new French auxiliary force, defeated his poorly armed volunteers at Mentana. Subsequently, a French garrison remained in Civitavecchia until August 1870, when it was recalled following the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
.

Before the defeat at Mentana, Enrico Cairoli, his brother Giovanni and 70 companions had made a daring attempt to take Rome. The group had embarked in Terni and floated down the Tiber. Their arrival in Rome
Rome
was to coincide with an uprising inside the city. On 22 October 1867, the revolutionaries inside Rome
Rome
seized control of the Capitoline Hill and of Piazza Colonna. Unfortunately for the Cairolis and their companions, by the time they arrived at Villa Glori, on the northern outskirts of Rome, the uprising had already been suppressed. During the night of 22 October 1867, the group was surrounded by Papal Zouaves , and Giovanni was severely wounded. Enrico was mortally wounded and bled to death in Giovanni's arms.

With the Cairoli dead, command was assumed by Giovanni Tabacchi who had retreated with the remaining volunteers into the villa, where they continued to fire at the papal soldiers. These also retreated in the evening to Rome. The survivors retreated to the positions of Garibaldi on the Italian border.

MEMORIAL

At the summit of Villa Glori, near the spot where Enrico died, there is a plain white column dedicated to the Cairoli brothers and their 70 companions. About 100 meters to the left from the top of the Spanish Steps, there is a bronze monument of Giovanni holding the dying Enrico in his arm. A plaque lists the names of their companions. Giovanni never recovered from his wounds and from the tragic events of 1867. According to an eyewitness, when Giovanni died on 11 September 1869:

In the last moments, he had a vision of Garibaldi and seemed to greet him with enthusiasm. I heard (so says a friend who was present) him say three times: "The union of the French to the papal political supporters was the terrible fact!" he was thinking about Mentana. Many times he called Enrico, that he might help him! then he said: "but we will certainly win; we will go to Rome!"

CAPTURE OF ROME

Main article: Capture of Rome Capture of Rome

In July 1870, the Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
began. In early August, the French Emperor Napoleon
Napoleon
III recalled his garrison from Rome, thus no longer providing protection to the Papal State. Widespread public demonstrations illustrated the demand that the Italian government take Rome. The Italian government took no direct action until the collapse of the Second French Empire
Second French Empire
at the Battle of Sedan
Battle of Sedan
. King Victor Emmanuel II sent Count Gustavo Ponza
Ponza
di San Martino to Pius IX
Pius IX
with a personal letter offering a face-saving proposal that would have allowed the peaceful entry of the Italian Army into Rome, under the guise of offering protection to the pope. The Papacy, however, exhibited something less than enthusiasm for the plan:

The Pope's reception of San Martino (10 September 1870) was unfriendly. Pius IX
Pius IX
allowed violent outbursts to escape him. Throwing the King's letter upon the table he exclaimed, "Fine loyalty! You are all a set of vipers, of whited sepulchres, and wanting in faith." He was perhaps alluding to other letters received from the King. After, growing calmer, he exclaimed: "I am no prophet, nor son of a prophet, but I tell you, you will never enter Rome!" San Martino was so mortified that he left the next day.

The Italian Army, commanded by General Raffaele Cadorna , crossed the papal frontier on 11 September and advanced slowly toward Rome, hoping that a peaceful entry could be negotiated. The Italian Army reached the Aurelian Walls
Aurelian Walls
on 19 September and placed Rome
Rome
under a state of siege. Although now convinced of his unavoidable defeat, Pius IX remained intransigent to the bitter end and forced his troops to put up a token resistance. On 20 September, after a cannonade of three hours had breached the Aurelian Walls
Aurelian Walls
at Porta Pia
Porta Pia
, the Bersaglieri entered Rome
Rome
and marched down Via Pia, which was subsequently renamed Via XX Settembre. 49 Italian soldiers and four officers, and 19 papal troops died. Rome
Rome
and Latium
Latium
were annexed to the Kingdom of Italy after a plebiscite held on 2 October. The results of this plebiscite were accepted by decree of 9 October. The Quirinal Palace
Quirinal Palace
in Rome became the head of state of Italy\'s official residence (royal residence of the Kings of Italy
Italy
and after the Italian constitutional referendum, 1946 residence and workplace for the Presidents of the Italian Republic )

Initially the Italian government had offered to let the pope keep the Leonine City
Leonine City
, but the Pope rejected the offer because acceptance would have been an implied endorsement of the legitimacy of the Italian kingdom's rule over his former domain. Pius IX
Pius IX
declared himself a prisoner in the Vatican , although he was not actually restrained from coming and going. Rather, being deposed and stripped of much of his former power also removed a measure of personal protection — if he had walked the streets of Rome
Rome
he might have been in danger from political opponents who had formerly kept their views private. Officially, the capital was not moved from Florence
Florence
to Rome until July 1871.

Historian Raffaele de Cesare made the following observations about Italian unification:

The Roman question was the stone tied to Napoleon's feet — that dragged him into the abyss. He never forgot, even in August 1870, a month before Sedan, that he was a sovereign of a Catholic country, that he had been made Emperor, and was supported by the votes of the Conservatives and the influence of the clergy; and that it was his supreme duty not to abandon the Pontiff .

For twenty years Napoleon
Napoleon
III had been the true sovereign of Rome, where he had many friends and relations…. Without him the temporal power would never have been reconstituted, nor, being reconstituted, would have endured.

THE PROBLEMS OF UNIFICATION

Unification was achieved entirely in terms of Piedmont's interests. Martin Clark says, "It was Piedmontization all around." Cavour died unexpectedly in June 1861, at age 50, and the many promises he made to regional authorities to induce them to join the new kingdom of Italy were largely ignored. The new Kingdom of Italy
Italy
was structured by renaming the old Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
and annexing all the new provinces into its structures. The first King was Victor Emmanuel II he kept his old title. National and regional officials were all appointed by Piedmont. A few regional leaders in fact did succeed to high positions in the new national government, but the top bureaucratic and military officials were mostly Piedmontese. The national capital was briefly moved to Florence, and finally to Rome, so in that regard Piedmont
Piedmont
lost out. Piedmontese tax rates and regulations, diplomats and officials were imposed on all of Italy. The new Constitution
Constitution
was Piedmont's old constitution; it was generally liberal and was welcomed by liberal elements. However its anti-clerical provisions were resented in the pro-clerical regions around Venice, around Rome, in Sicily, and in the boot south of Naples. Cavour had promised there would be regional and municipal, local governments, but all these promises were rejected in 1861. The first decade of the kingdom saw savage civil wars in Sicily
Sicily
and in the Naples
Naples
region. Hearder says they were failed efforts to protest unification involving "a mixture of spontaneous peasant movement and a Bourbon-clerical reaction directed by the old authorities." The pope lost Rome
Rome
in 1870. He ordered the Church not to cooperate with the new government, and it stood alienated until 1929. Although most Italians who worked for Risorgimento
Risorgimento
wanted strong provinces, instead they got a strong central state. The inevitable long-run results were a severe weakness of national unity, and a politicized system based on regions hostile to each other—those factors continue into the 21st century.

RULING AND REPRESENTING SOUTHERN ITALY

From the spring of 1860 to the summer of 1861, a major challenge that the Piedmontese parliament faced regarding national unification was how they should govern and control the southern regions of the country that were frequently represented and described by the northern-Italian correspondents as "corrupt," "barbaric" and "uncivilized". In response to these depictions of southern Italy, the Piedmontese parliament had to decide whether it should primarily investigate the southern regions to better understand the social and political situations there, or whether it should predominantly establish jurisdiction and order using military force. The dominance of letters sent from the northern-Italian correspondents that deemed southern Italy
Italy
to be "so far from the ideas of progress and civilization" ultimately induced the Piedmontese parliament to choose the latter course of action, which effectively illustrated the intimate connection between representation and rule. In essence, the northern Italians' "representation of the south as a land of barbarism (variously qualified as indecent, lacking in "public conscience," ignorant, superstitious, etc.)" provided the Piedmontese with the justification to rule the southern regions on the pretext of implementing a superior, more civilized "Piedmontese morality".

HISTORIOGRAPHY

See also: Brigantaggio Caricature of the Post-Risorgimento: Italia Turrita
Italia Turrita
at the centre points out to Enrico Cialdini
Enrico Cialdini
(on the right) all her enemies around Napoleon
Napoleon
III (turned into a tree): from the left, Pope Pius IX
Pius IX
, Bourbons , clergy, and brigands. In the background, Garibaldi plows his farm.

Italian unification
Italian unification
is still a topic of debate. According to Massimo d\'Azeglio , centuries of foreign domination created remarkable differences in Italian society, and the role of the newly formed government was to face these differences and to create a unified Italian society. Still today the most famous quote of Massimo d'Azeglio is, "L'Italia è fatta. Restano da fare gli italiani" (Italy has been made. Now it remains to make Italians). Massimo d\'Azeglio

The economist and politician Francesco Saverio Nitti criticized the newly created state for not taking in to consideration the substantial economic differences between Northern Italy, a free market economy , and Southern Italy, a state protectionism economy, when integrating the two. When the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
extended the free market economy to the rest of the country, the South's economy collapsed under the weight of the North's. Nitti contended that this change should have been much more gradual in order to allow the birth of an adequate entrepreneurial class able to make strong investments and initiatives in the south. These mistakes, he felt, were the cause of the economic and social problems which came to be known as the Southern Question (Questione Meridionale).

The politician, historian, and writer Gaetano Salvemini commented that even though Italian Unification had been a strong opportunity for both a moral and economic rebirth of Italy's Mezzogiorno (Southern Italy
Italy
), due to lack of understanding and action on the part of politicians, corruption and organized crime flourished in the South. The Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci
Antonio Gramsci
criticized Italian Unification for the limited presence of the masses in politics, as well as the lack of modern land reform in Italy.

Revisionism of Risorgimento produced a clear radicalization of Italy in the mid-twentieth century, following the fall of the Savoy
Savoy
monarchy and fascism during World War II. Reviews of the historical facts concerning Italian unification's successes and failures continue to be undertaken by domestic and foreign academic authors, including Denis Mack Smith , Christopher Duggan , and Lucy Riall . Recent work emphasizes the central importance of nationalism.

RISORGIMENTO AND IRREDENTISM

The process of unification of the Italian people
Italian people
in a national state was not completed in the nineteenth century. Many Italians
Italians
remained outside the borders of the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
and this situation created the Italian irredentism .

Italia irredenta
Italia irredenta
(Unredeemed Italy) was an Italian nationalist opinion movement that emerged after Italian unification. It advocated irredentism among the Italian people
Italian people
as well as other nationalities who were willing to become Italian and as a movement; it is also known as "Italian irredentism". Not a formal organization, it was just an opinion movement that claimed that Italy
Italy
had to reach its "natural borders". Similar patriotic and nationalistic ideas were common in Europe in the 19th century.

IRREDENTISM AND THE TWO WORLD WARS

The Vittoriano in Rome, honoring King Victor Emmanuel and celebrating the unity of Italy. The decision to build it was reached in 1878, shortly after the king's death that year; the site on the Capitoline Hill was chosen in 1882; and the design of 28-year-old Giuseppe Sacconi was selected in 1884. Construction began in 1885 and the monument was inaugurated in 1911, although features were subsequently added or altered during the fascist period.

During the post-unification era, some Italians
Italians
were dissatisfied with the current state of the Italian Kingdom since they wanted the kingdom to include Trieste, Istria, and other adjacent territories, as well. This Italian irredentism succeeded in World War I
World War I
with the annexation of Trieste
Trieste
and Trento
Trento
, with the respective territories of Venezia Giulia and Trentino
Trentino
.

The Kingdom of Italy
Italy
had declared neutrality at the beginning of the war, officially because the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
was a defensive one, requiring its members to come under attack first. Many Italians
Italians
were still hostile to Austria's continuing occupation of ethnically Italian areas, and Italy
Italy
chose not to enter. Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
requested Italian neutrality, while the Triple Entente
Triple Entente
(which included Great Britain, France and Russia) requested its intervention. With the London Pact
London Pact
, signed in April 1915, Italy
Italy
agreed to declare war against the Central Powers
Central Powers
, in exchange for the irredent territories of Friuli, Trentino, and Dalmatia
Dalmatia
(see Italia irredenta
Italia irredenta
).

Italian irredentism obtained an important result after the First World War , when Italy
Italy
gained Trieste
Trieste
, Gorizia
Gorizia
, Istria
Istria
, and the city of Zara . During the Second World War, after the Axis attack on Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
, Italy
Italy
created the "Governatorato di Dalmazia" (from 1941 to September 1943), so the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
annexed temporarily even Split (Italian Spalato), Kotor
Kotor
(Cattaro), and most of coastal Dalmatia . From 1942 to 1943, even Corsica
Corsica
and Nice
Nice
(Italian Nizza) were temporarily annexed to the Kingdom of Italy, nearly fulfilling in those years the ambitions of Italian irredentism.

For its avowed purpose the movement had the "emancipation" of all Italian lands still subject to foreign rule after Italian unification. The Irredentists took language as the test of the alleged Italian nationality of the countries they proposed to emancipate, which were Trentino
Trentino
, Trieste
Trieste
, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
, Istria
Istria
, Gorizia
Gorizia
, Ticino
Ticino
, Nice (Nizza), Corsica
Corsica
, and Malta
Malta
. Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
promoted Croat interests in Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and Istria
Istria
to weaken Italian claims in the western Balkans
Balkans
before the First World War.

AFTER WORLD WAR II

After WWII the irredentism movement faded away in Italian politics. Only a few thousand Italians
Italians
remain in Istria
Istria
and Dalmatia
Dalmatia
as a consequence of the Italian defeat in WWII and the slaughter of thousands of Italians
Italians
as reprisals for fascist atrocities, and the subsequent departure of approximately 400,000 people in what became known as the Istrian exodus . 350,000 refugees were ethnic Italians (76% of which born in the territories surrendered), the others being ethnic Slovenians, ethnic Croatians, and ethnic Istro-Romanians , choosing to maintain Italian citizenship.

ANNIVERSARY OF RISORGIMENTO

ANNIVERSARY OF RISORGIMENTO

Monument to Italia Turrita
Italia Turrita
in Reggio Calabria
Calabria

OBSERVED BY Italy
Italy

TYPE National

SIGNIFICANCE Proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
on 17 March 1861

CELEBRATIONS Parades , Fireworks , Concerts, Picnics , Balls , Trade shows

DATE 17 March

FREQUENCY every fifty years

Italy
Italy
celebrates the Anniversary of Risorgimento
Risorgimento
every fifty years, on 17 March (date of proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy).

The anniversary occurred in 1911 (50th), 1961 (100th) and 2011 (150th) with several celebrations throughout the country.

* 150th Anniversary of ''Risorgimento''

*

Celebration in Florence
Florence
*

Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio
, Florence
Florence
*

A castle near Modena
Modena
*

Mole Antonelliana
Mole Antonelliana
during the anniversary, Turin
Turin
*

Rieti
Rieti
*

Banner in Milan
Milan
*

Fiat
Fiat
Mirafiori Motor Village, Turin
Turin
*

Ferrari Formula One car with the logo of the 150th anniversary of Risorgimento
Risorgimento

CULTURE AND RISORGIMENTO

ART

Mourning Italia turrita
Italia turrita
on the tomb to Vittorio Alfieri
Vittorio Alfieri
by Antonio Canova
Antonio Canova
The Kiss (1859) by Francesco Hayez
Francesco Hayez

In art, this period was characterised by the Neoclassicism
Neoclassicism
that draws inspiration from the "classical" art and culture of Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
or Ancient Rome
Rome
. The main Italian sculptor was Antonio Canova
Antonio Canova
who became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh. The mourning Italia turrita
Italia turrita
on the tomb to Vittorio Alfieri
Vittorio Alfieri
is one of the main works of Risorgimento
Risorgimento
by Canova.

Francesco Hayez
Francesco Hayez
was another remarkable artist of this period whose works often contain allegories about Italian unification. His most known painting The Kiss aims to portray the spirit of the Risorgimento : the man wears red, white and green, representing the Italian patriots fighting for independence from the Austro-Hungarian empire while the girl's pale blue dress signifies France, which in 1859 (the year of the painting's creation) made an alliance with the Kingdom of Piedmont
Piedmont
and Sardinia enabling the latter to unify the many states of the Italian peninsula
Italian peninsula
into the new kingdom of Italy
Italy
. Hayez's three paintings on the Sicilian Vespers
Sicilian Vespers
are an implicit protest against the foreign domination of Italy
Italy
.

Andrea Appiani , Domenico Induno
Domenico Induno
and Gerolamo Induno
Gerolamo Induno
are also known for their patriotic canvases. Risorgimento
Risorgimento
was also represented by works not necessarily linked to Neoclassicism
Neoclassicism
as in the case of Giovanni Fattori
Giovanni Fattori
who was one of the leaders of the group known as the Macchiaioli that soon became a leading Italian plein-airists , painting landscapes, rural scenes, and scenes of military life during the Italian unification.

LITERATURE

Portrait of Alessandro Manzoni (1841) by Francesco Hayez
Francesco Hayez
Portrait of Francesco De Sanctis (1890) by Francesco Saverio Altamura

In literature, lots of works were dedicated to Risorgimento
Risorgimento
since the beginning. The most known writer of Risorgimento
Risorgimento
is Alessandro Manzoni whose works are a symbol of the Italian unification, both for its patriotic message and because of his efforts in the development of the modern, unified Italian language
Italian language
; he is famous for the novel The Betrothed (orig. Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1827), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature .

Vittorio Alfieri
Vittorio Alfieri
, was the founder of a new school in the Italian drama, expressed in several occasions his suffering about the foreign domination's tyranny.

Ugo Foscolo
Ugo Foscolo
describes in his works the passion and love for the fatherland and the glorious history of the Italian people
Italian people
; these two concepts are respectively well expressed in two masterpieces, The Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis and Dei Sepolcri .

Vincenzo Monti , known for the Italian translation of the Iliad
Iliad
, described in his works both enthusiasms and disappointments of Risorgimento
Risorgimento
until his death.

Giovanni Berchet
Giovanni Berchet
wrote a poetry characterised by a high moral, popular and social content; he also contributed to Il Conciliatore , a progressive bi-weekly scientific and literary journal, influential in the early Risorgimento
Risorgimento
that was published in Milan
Milan
from September 1818 until October 1819 when it was closed by the Austrian censors; its writers included also Ludovico di Breme , Giuseppe Nicolini and Silvio Pellico .

Giacomo Leopardi
Giacomo Leopardi
was one of the most important poets of Risorgimento thanks to works such as Canzone all\'Italia and Risorgimento
Risorgimento
.

Niccolò Tommaseo , the editor of the Italian Language Dictionary in eight volumes, was a precursor of the Italian irredentism and his works are a rare examples of a metropolitan culture above nationalism; he supported the liberal revolution headed by Daniele Manin against the Austrian Empire
Austrian Empire
and he will always support the unification of Italy.

Francesco de Sanctis was one of the most important scholars of Italian language
Italian language
and literature in the 19th century; he supported the Revolution of 1848 in Naples
Naples
and for this reason he was imprisoned for three years; his reputation as a lecturer on Dante
Dante
in Turin
Turin
brought him the appointment of professor at ETH Zürich
ETH Zürich
in 1856; he returned to Naples
Naples
as Minister of Public Education after the unification of Italy.

The writer and patriot Luigi Settembrini published anonymously the Protest of the People of the Two Sicilies, a scathing indictment of the Bourbon government and was imprisoned and exiled several times by the Bourbons because of his support to Risorgimento; after the formation of the Kingdom of Italy, he was appointed professor of Italian literature
Italian literature
at the University of Naples
Naples
.

Ippolito Nievo is another main representant of Risorgimento
Risorgimento
with his novel Confessioni d\'un italiano ; he fought with Giuseppe Garibaldi 's Expedition of the Thousand .

Risorgimento
Risorgimento
was also depicted in several famous novels: The Leopard written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa , Heart by Edmondo De Amicis and Piccolo mondo antico
Piccolo mondo antico
by Antonio Fogazzaro
Antonio Fogazzaro
.

MUSIC

Verdi
Verdi
's bust outside the Teatro Massimo
Teatro Massimo
in Palermo
Palermo

Risorgimento
Risorgimento
won the support of many leading Italian opera
Italian opera
composers. Their librettos often saw a delicate balance between European romantic narratives and dramatic themes evoking nationalistic sentiments. Ideas expressed in operas stimulated the political mobilisation in Italy
Italy
and among the cultured classes of Europe who appreciated Italian opera. Furthermore, Mazzini and many other nationalists found inspiration in musical discourses.

In his L\'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), Gioachino Rossini expressed his support to the unification of Italy; the patriotic line Pensa alla patria, e intrepido il tuo dover adempi: vedi per tutta Italia rinascere gli esempi d’ardir e di valor / "Think about the fatherland and intrepid do your duty: see for all Italy
Italy
the birth of the examples of courage and value" was censored in the Kingdom of Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
.

Vincenzo Bellini
Vincenzo Bellini
was a secret member of the Carbonari and in his masterpiece I puritani
I puritani
(The Puritans), the last part of Act 2 is an allegory to Italian unification. Another Bellini opera, Norma , was at the center of an unexpected standing ovation during its performance in Milan
Milan
in 1859: while the chorus was performing Guerra, guerra! Le galliche selve (War, war! The Gallic forests) in Act 2, the Italians began to greet the chorus with loud applause and to yell the word "War!" several times towards the Austrian officers at the opera house .

The relationship between Gaetano Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti
and the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
is still controversial. Even though Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
tried to use some of Donizetti's works for promoting the Italian cause, Donizetti had always preferred not to get involved in politics. Patriots scrawling "Viva VERDI" on walls

Historians vigorously debate how political were the operas of Giuseppe Verdi
Verdi
(1813-1901). In particular, the chorus of the Hebrew slaves (known as " Va, pensiero ") from the third act of the opera Nabucco
Nabucco
was intended to be an anthem for Italian patriots, who were seeking to unify their country and free it from foreign control in the years up to 1861 (the chorus's theme of exiles singing about their homeland, and its lines like O mia patria, si bella e perduta / "O my country, so lovely and so lost" was thought to have resonated with many Italians). Beginning in Naples
Naples
in 1859 and spreading throughout Italy, the slogan "Viva VERDI" was used as an acronym for VIVA Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia (Viva Victor Emmanuel King of Italy), referring to Victor Emmanuel II
Victor Emmanuel II
.

Franco Della Peruta argues in favour of close links between the operas and the Risorgimento, emphasizing Verdi's patriotic intent and links to the values of the Risorgimento. Verdi
Verdi
started as a republican, became a strong supporter of Cavour and entered the Italian parliament on Cavour's suggestion. His politics caused him to be frequently in trouble with the Austrian censors. Verdi's main works of 1842-49 were especially relevant to the struggle for independence, including Nabucco
Nabucco
(1842), I Lombardi alla prima crociata (1843), Ernani
Ernani
(1844), Attila (1846), Macbeth (1847), and La battaglia di Legnano (1848). However, starting in the 1850s, his operas showed few patriotic themes because of the heavy censorship of the absolutist regimes in power. The final scene of the opera Risorgimento! (2011) by Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero

Verdi
Verdi
later became disillusioned by politics, but he was personally active part in the political world of events of the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
and was elected to the first Italian parliament in 1861. Likewise Marco Pizzo argues that after 1815 music became a political tool, and many songwriters expressed ideals of freedom and equality. Pizzo says Verdi was part of this movement, for his operas were inspired by the love of country, the struggle for Italian independence, and speak to the sacrifice of patriots and exiles. On the other side of the debate, Mary Ann Smart argues that music critics at the time seldom mentioned any political themes. Likewise Roger Parker argues that the political dimension of Verdi's operas was exaggerated by nationalistic historians looking for a hero in the late 19th century.

Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco
Nabucco
and the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
are the subject of a 2011 opera, Risorgimento! by Italian composer Lorenzo Ferrero
Lorenzo Ferrero
, written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification.

FILMS

The Leopard is a film from 1963, based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa , and directed by Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti
. It features Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
as the eponymous character, the Prince of Salina. The film depicts his reaction to the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
, and his vain attempts to retain his social standing.

There are other movies set in this period:

* 1860 (1934), by Alessandro Blasetti * Piccolo mondo antico
Piccolo mondo antico
(1941), by Mario Soldati
Mario Soldati
* Un garibaldino al convento (1942), by Vittorio De Sica
Vittorio De Sica
* Heart and Soul (1948), by Vittorio De Sica
Vittorio De Sica
* Senso (1954), by Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti
* Garibaldi (1961), by Roberto Rossellini
Roberto Rossellini
* 1870 (1971), by Alfredo Giannetti * Passione D\'Amore (1981), by Ettore Scola
Ettore Scola
(later adapted by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
and James Lapine
James Lapine
into the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Passion ) * Noi credevamo (2010), by Mario Martone

MAPS OF ITALY BEFORE AND DURING ITALIAN UNIFICATION

*

Italy
Italy
in 1494 *

Italy
Italy
in 1796 *

Italy
Italy
in 1810 *

Italy
Italy
in 1859: ORANGE Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
, BLUE Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia (Austrian Empire) , LIGHT GREEN Duchy of Parma
Duchy of Parma
, GREEN Duchy of Modena
Duchy of Modena
, DARK GREEN Grand Duchy of Tuscany
Tuscany
, RED Papal States , YELLOW Kingdom of Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
. *

Italy
Italy
in 1860: ORANGE Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
, BLUE Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia (Austrian Empire) , PINK United Provinces of Central Italy
Italy
, RED Papal States
Papal States
, YELLOW Kingdom of Two Sicilies
Two Sicilies
.

*

Italy
Italy
in 1861: ORANGE Kingdom of Italy, BLUE Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia (Austrian Empire) , RED Papal States
Papal States
. *

Kingdom of Italy
Italy
in 1870 *

Kingdom of Italy
Italy
in 1919

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