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Francesco Crispi 1818-1901From Nation to Nationalism$
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Christopher Duggan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206118.001.0001

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The Young Conspirator

The Young Conspirator

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Francesco Crispi 1818-1901


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The years from 1842 to 1845, when Francesco Crispi started practising as a lawyer in Naples, constituted a momentous period in the history of Italy. Liberalism in Naples during the early 1840s was more a general current of thought and feeling than a well-defined political movement. There was a growing feeling of resentment generated by the question of Sicilian autonomy, with supporters agreeing to have as their goal two separate parliaments, one for Sicily the other for Naples, under a single monarchy. Crispi and his friends were mistrusted by the government and felt stymied in their careers. Their thoughts began to turn to conspiracy. This chapter documents the time Crispi spent in Naples from 1845 until the outbreak of the Sicilian revolution in 1848.

Keywords:   Francesco Crispi, Italy, Sicily, Naples, revolution, conspiracy, liberalism

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