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America in Italy: The United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865

Axel Körner


This book examines the influence of the American political experience on the imagination of Italian political thinkers between the late eighteenth century and the unification of Italy in the 1860s. The book shows how Italian political thought was shaped by debates about the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution, but it focuses on the important distinction that while European interest in developments across the Atlantic was keen, this attention was not blind admiration. Rather, America became a sounding board for the critical assessment of societal changes at home. Many Italians did not ... More

Keywords: domestic manners, social changes, political experience, political thought, U.S. Constitution, American Revolution, Giuseppe Mazzini, Antonio Rosmini Serbati, Italy, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164854
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Axel Körner, author
University College London