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The Invention of Italy - Garibaldi and the Expedition of the Thousand

Date:

05/31/2016


The Invention of Italy - Garibaldi and the Expedition of the Thousand

With Lucy Riall

The Invention of Italy - Unification

The story of Garibaldi and the Thousand is emblematic of the Risorgimento and Italian unification. It is a story of passion and courage, of heroic deeds, of idealism and of sacrifice. Above all, it is a story of great communicative strength: even before assuming form as a military enterprise it had achieved remarkable media success. A success which grabbed the attention and won the support of the whole world. The victory of the Expedition was not certain; when Garibaldi left Quarto he did so with low expectations of success: his aim was to make a dramatic gesture to demonstrate the existence of an Italian nation. Until the day it could exist politically, Italy had to be created on a symbolic level. But this is not the end of the story: the very handful of heroic Italians who created Italy, including Garibaldi, were soon to be politically marginalized. An Italian paradox.

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Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time: At 6:30 pm

Entrance : Free


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