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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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Malta, London, and Paris

Malta, London, and Paris

(p.106) 5 Malta, London, and Paris
Francesco Crispi 1818-1901


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The years in Turin were of great importance in Francesco Crispi's political development. He had arrived in Piedmont a federalist, whose main concern was still the liberation of Sicily: he saw federalism as the best way of safeguarding the freedom of his island as well as that of the other regions of Italy. By the time he was expelled from Piedmont he had come to regard this programme as essentially impractical and had gravitated towards the unitarist position of Giuseppe Mazzini. In Turin, and afterwards in Malta, London, and Paris, he set out quite deliberately to educate himself for political leadership. One reason why he had wanted to go to Malta was precisely because it offered good prospects for conspiring in southern Italy, and especially Sicily. While in London, Crispi found time to learn about British society and politics. In Paris, he had rather clearer ideas of what to do about his desire for Italian unification.

Keywords:   Francesco Crispi, Italy, Sicily, unification, Malta, London, Paris, Giuseppe Mazzini, politics

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