By Axel Körner
America in Italy examines the impact of the yankee political adventure at the mind's eye of Italian political thinkers among the past due eighteenth century and the unification of Italy within the 1860s. Axel Körner indicates how Italian political notion used to be formed by way of debates in regards to the American Revolution and the U.S. structure, yet he makes a speciality of the real contrast that whereas eu curiosity in advancements around the Atlantic used to be prepared, this consciousness used to be now not blind admiration. relatively, the US turned a sounding board for the serious evaluation of societal alterations at home.
Many Italians didn't imagine the USA had classes to coach them and sometimes concluded that existence around the Atlantic was once not only diverse yet in lots of respects additionally objectionable. In the United States, utopia and dystopia appeared to dwell part by means of facet, and Italian references to the us have been often in help of innovative or reactionary motives. Political thinkers together with Cesare Balbo, Carlo Cattaneo, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Antonio Rosmini used the us to make clear the process their nation's political resurgence. thoughts from Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Vico served to guage what Italians came across approximately the United States. principles approximately American "domestic manners" have been mirrored and conveyed via works of ballet, literature, opera, and satire.
Transcending obstacles among highbrow and cultural background, America in Italy is the 1st book-length exam of the effect of America's political formation on smooth Italian political thought.
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America in Italy: The United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763–1865 by Axel Körner