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America in ItalyThe United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865$
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Axel Körner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164854

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164854.001.0001

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America as History

America as History

(p.42) Chapter One America as History
America in Italy

Axel Körner

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines early Italian writings on the history of the American War of Independence, including Carlo Botta's History of the War of Independence of the United States of America (1809), Carlo Giuseppe Londonio's three-volume Storia delle colonie inglesi (1812–1813), and Giuseppe Compagnoni's twenty-nine-volume Storia dell'America (1829). The chapter compares the context in which these works were created to the changing responses they generated during the later course of the Risorgimento. It also draws on these writings to discuss historiography as political thought, arguing that most Italian historians writing about the American Revolution presented the United States as a political reality far removed from European experiences. Even 500 years after the American Declaration of Independence, Italian references to the United States did not necessarily mean an open endorsement of popular sovereignty.

Keywords:   Italian writing, American War of Independence, Carlo Botta, United States of America, Carlo Giuseppe Londonio, Giuseppe Compagnoni, Risorgimento, historiography, political thought, Italian historians

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