Carlo Cattaneo and the Politics of the Risorgimento, by Clara Maria Lovett (auth.)

By Clara Maria Lovett (auth.)

In January 1948, Alessandro Levi, a special student within the fields of legislation, philosophy and political concept, released an editorial entitled "The 'return' of Carlo Cattaneo. " 1 Levi, himself the writer of an im­ portant paintings on Cattaneo, 2 suggested on a number of tasks which were taken via Italian students on the grounds that 1945 to rescue the Lombard author and flesh presser from relative obscurity. With a few monetary the help of town of Milan, a committee of Italian and Swiss students have been shaped within the spring of 1946 to submit Cattaneo's works, which until eventually then had simply seemed in fragmentary and uncritical three versions. LeMonnier of Florence had agreed to submit the hot edi­ tion. in the meantime, the Lombard historian Rinaldo Caddeo was once getting ready with enormous pains an variation of numerous volumes of Cattaneo's correspondence. furthermore, a catalog of fabrics touching on Cat­ taneo and located one of the Crispi papers used to be being ready on the country information in Palermo. a quick biography had seemed in 1945 and different works by means of historians, political scientists, and reporters have been four in growth. those projects appeared lengthy late, in view of the truth that Cattaneo's contemporaries had thought of him a number one determine within the liberal-democratic present of the Risorgimento. As Levi stated in his article, although, those efforts to rescue Cattaneo's paintings from obscurity have been anything greater than a belated tribute to a major player within the heritage of 19th century Italy.

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For a discussion of the attitudes of the Lombard aristocracy see L. Ambrosoli, La formazione di Cattaneo, IIO. 73 32 A PROGRESSIVE MIND IN THE AGE OF RESTORATION and his persecution of the Mazzinians in the 1830's. Some of them dreamed of an independent Lombard state; others saw the political emancipation of their own region as only a first step toward the final goal of an Italian nation state. Carlo Cattaneo had friends and acquaintances in virtually every faction of the opposition movement. In view of the respected place he held in the cultural life of his city, we can assume that they tried to win him over to their political ideas and goals.

From Venice, he wrote: ... as you [Cattaneo] are a calm looker-on, and therefore better able than those who are surrounded with our poisoned political atmosphere to form a dispassionate judgement ... , I should be grateful if you will write me a letter [upon the Irish problem] . " Supposing that you had despotic power over Ireland (and I almostJ wish you had), what policy would you adopt to rescue its population from its present state of social dissolution? What would you do with the land? 78 Cattaneo continued to reflect upon the Irish question, but he did not have the opportunity to write new reports until r859-60.

The Italian dialects), and the Roman Catholic religion. He argued that Italy had unique and valuable cultural traditions and he mourned the fact that the Italian language was still largely a literary tool. 68 In addition, Cattaneo advocated common initiatives for the scientific and economic progress of Italy as a whole. 69 While he recognized that the Italian people had many traditions, values and interests in common, however, Cattaneo, unlike other intellectuals of his generation, did not arrive at the conclusion that Italy must become a nation-state.

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