America in Italy: The United States in the Political Thought by Axel Körner

By Axel Körner

America in Italy examines the effect of the yankee political event at the mind's eye of Italian political thinkers among the overdue eighteenth century and the unification of Italy within the 1860s. Axel Körner indicates how Italian political proposal was once formed by way of debates concerning the American Revolution and the U.S. structure, yet he specializes in the $64000 contrast that whereas eu curiosity in advancements around the Atlantic used to be willing, this recognition used to be no longer blind admiration. fairly, the United States grew to become a sounding board for the serious evaluate of societal adjustments at home.

Many Italians didn't imagine the U.S. had classes to coach them and sometimes concluded that lifestyles around the Atlantic was once not only varied yet in lots of respects additionally objectionable. In the US, utopia and dystopia appeared to reside part by means of part, and Italian references to the USA have been usually in help of innovative or reactionary reasons. 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. ideas 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 barriers among highbrow and cultural heritage, America in Italy is the 1st book-length exam of the impression of America's political formation on smooth Italian political thought.

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