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Under the Volcano: Empire and Revolution in a Sicilian Town

Lucy Riall


During the momentous events that shook Italy in 1860 as the nation was unified, there was a murderous riot in the Sicilian town of Bronte, on the slopes of Mount Etna. Thereafter, Bronte became a symbol—of the limits of the liberal Risorgimento and of the persistence of foreign domination: descendants of Admiral Horatio Nelson had the largest landholding in the town and the British were said to have put pressure on Garibaldi to crush the uprising, which his lieutenant did with brutality. Lucy Riall has used the discovery of a new archive to transform brilliantly a local history into an ambitio ... More

Keywords: British Empire, revolution, peasants, Latifondo, Sicily, Risorgimento, Horatio Nelson, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian nationalism, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Riall, author
Professor of History, Birkbeck University of London