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The Age of Lincoln and Cavour

Comparative Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century American and Italian Nation-Building

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Enrico Dal Lago
      Pages 1-18
  3. Nineteenth-Century American Abolitionism and Italian Democratic Nationalism

  4. Lincoln, Cavour, and Progressive Nationalism

  5. Secession, Civil War, and Nation-Building in the United States and Italy

  6. Conclusion

    1. Enrico Dal Lago
      Pages 165-170
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 171-235

About this book


In the 19th century, both Italy and the US were young countries pursuing liberal nationalism even as unity was threatened by a recalcitrant southern population. This nuanced analysis of abolitionism and Italian democratic nationalism, Lincoln and Cavour, and the nation's two civil wars provides powerful new insights into their histories.  


civil war Lincoln, Abraham nation USA

About the authors

Enrico Dal Lago is Lecturer in American History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is author of Agrarian Elites: American Slaveholders and Southern Italian Landowners, 1815-1861 (2005), American Slavery, Atlantic Slavery, and Beyond: The U.S. 'Peculiar Institution' in International Perspective (2012), and William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform (2013).

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