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Maurizio Isabella

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570676.001.0001

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The Spanish Revolution and European Freedom

The Spanish Revolution and European Freedom

(p.32) 2 The Spanish Revolution and European Freedom
Risorgimento in Exile

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The Italian exiles' participation in the Spanish revolution provided their political culture with three new elements: first, an almost utopian faith in the beneficial effects that the revolution would have on Spanish society and economy; secondly, an internationalist ideology that linked the defence of the Spanish regime with the survival of freedom in Europe; finally, a military strategy based on the experience of Spanish guerrilla warfare against Napoleon. This latter in particular left an enduring mark on the memory of succeeding generations of the Risorgimento, although the mythical idea of a free people fighting for freedom did not stand up to the reality of popular hostility against liberalism.

Keywords:   Spanish revolution, liberal internationalism, guerrilla warfare, utopian faith, Spanish guerilla

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