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Francesco Crispi 1818-1901: From Nation to Nationalism

Christopher Duggan


This book is a biography of Francesco Crispi (1818-1901), one of the most important and controversial figures in modern Italian history. Crispi was among the key figures in the Italian Risorgimento, a close friend and supporter of Guiseppe Mazzini and Guiseppe Garibaldi, and one of the architects of Italy's unification in 1860. Yet, he went on to become an authoritarian Prime Minister and ally and admirer of Otto von Bismark, whose ambitions for Italy brought Europe close, on several occasions, to a major conflagration. Crispi was celebrated by the fascist regime as the ‘precursor’ of Benito M ... More

Keywords: Italy, Risorgimento, Guiseppe Mazzini, Guiseppe Garibaldi, unification, Otto von Bismark, fascism, liberalism, Francesco Crispi, Benito Mussolini

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Duggan, author
Reader in Italian History, University of Reading
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