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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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Concepts in the Language of Politics

Concepts in the Language of Politics

(p.78) Chapter Two Concepts in the Language of Politics
America in Italy

Axel Körner

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines references to the United States of America in the Risorgimento's political language by focusing on concepts such as constitutional government, political representation, and federalism. It first considers the question of natural rights in a constitutional government before discussing the ways in which Italians assimilated and translated American ideas into the historical context of their experiences in the context of the more general Italian assessment of American political institutions. The chapter focuses on the works of Giuseppe Mazzini and other prominent political thinkers such as Cesare Balbo, Vincenzo Gioberti, and Gian Domenico Romagnosi. It also looks at Luigi Angeloni's 1832 pamphlet entitled Schifezze politiche proposte dal dottor Carlo Botta, in which he condemned Botta's antirepublican attitudes, and Antonio Rosmini's critique of American democracy.

Keywords:   democracy, United States, Risorgimento, constitutional government, political representation, federalism, natural rights, political institutions, Giuseppe Mazzini, Antonio Rosmini

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