Garibaldi: Citizen of the World

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Princeton University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 442 pages
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What adventure novelist could have invented the life of Giuseppe Garibaldi? The revolutionary, soldier, politician, and greatest figure in the fight for Italian unification, Garibaldi (1807-1882) brought off almost as many dramatic exploits in the Americas as he did in Europe, becoming an international freedom fighter, earning the title of the "hero of two worlds," and making himself perhaps the most famous and beloved man of his century. Alfonso Scirocco's Garibaldi is the most up-to-date, authoritative, comprehensive, and convincing biography of Garibaldi yet written. In vivid narrative style and unprecedented detail, and drawing on many new sources that shed fresh light on important events, Scirocco tells the full story of Garibaldi's fascinating public and private life, separating its myth-like reality from the outright myths that have surrounded Garibaldi since his own day.


Scirocco tells how Garibaldi devoted his energies to the liberation of Italians and other oppressed peoples. Sentenced to death for his role in an abortive Genoese insurrection in 1834, Garibaldi fled to South America, where he joined two successive fights for independence--Rio Grande do Sul's against Brazil and Uruguay's against Argentina. He returned to Italy in 1848 to again fight for Italian independence, leading seven more campaigns, including the spectacular capture of Sicily. During the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln even offered to make him a general in the Union army.


Presenting Garibaldi as a complex and even contradictory figure, Scirocco shows us the pacifist who spent much of his life fighting; the nationalist who advocated European unification; the republican who served a king; and the man who, although compared by contemporaries to Aeneas and Odysseus, refused honors and wealth and spent his last years as a farmer.


  

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Contents

Sailing the Mediterranean
1
From Conspiracy to Exile
17
The Rio Interlude
27
Privateer
39
In Rio Grande
54
Loves Friendships and Amusements
74
The Costa Brava Expedition
82
Montevideo
95
Political Frustrations and Disappointments in Love
221
The Epic Campaign of the Thousand
236
The Dictator of Sicily
263
Master of a Kingdom
287
From the Solitude of Caprera to the Drama of Aspromonte
309
Triumph in London
331
Bezzecca Mentana and Dijon
343
Pacifism Socialism and Democracy
364

San Antonio de Salto
108
His Fame Spreads
125
The General Call to Arms
138
The Rome Events of 1849
151
The Bold Defiance of 1849
168
The Gray Years
182
In the Kings Service
203
Family Literary Activities and Financial Concerns
388
Epilogue
400
Chronology of Events
411
Bibliography
417
Index
431
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About the author (2007)

Alfonso Scirocco is the author of many books on modern Italian history. From 1966 to 2000, he was professor of humanities at University Frederick II in Naples, Italy.

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