Fighting the Risorgimento: foreign volunteers in southern Italy (1860–63)

  title={Fighting the Risorgimento: foreign volunteers in southern Italy (1860–63)},
  author={Simon Sarlin},
  journal={Journal of Modern Italian Studies},
  pages={476 - 490}
  • Simon Sarlin
  • Published 20 November 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Modern Italian Studies
Abstract Between 1860 and 1863 hundreds of men from all over Europe volunteered for service in the wars of southern ‘brigands’ on behalf of the exiled King Francis II of Naples. In an attempt to correct the often biased interpretation of this involvement (that was attributed simply to a thirst for adventure, romanticism or even psychological disorder) that coloured the accounts by Italian patriots, this essay suggests the need for fresh consideration. It develops three lines of inquiry that… 
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