Romanticism pp 221-228 | Cite as

Giuseppe Mazzini: Letter to Lamennais

  • John B. Halsted
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


Giuseppe Mazzini (1805–1872) was one of Europe’s first professional revolutionaries and Italy’s most famous and probably most influential nationalist. Because of his youthful involvement in his native Genoa with the underground Carbonarist group, which sought to revive some of the unity and freedom Italians had enjoyed during the Napoleonic régime, he was imprisoned in 1831. Exiled, he spent most of the next two decades in Switzerland, where he sought to promote the cause of national liberation and unity for Italy by exporting illegal publications and by subversive correspondence. To this end he founded the Young Italy movement in 1831.


National Liberation Practical Morality Grand Duchy Italian People Roman Republic 
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