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British Red Shirts: A History of the Garibaldi Volunteers (1860)

  • Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe

Abstract

If the recent reassessment of the ‘nation bearing arms’ has found new vigour within Alberto Banti’s inward-looking nationalistic discourse of the ‘nation of the Risorgimento’, other studies have looked beyond national boundaries.1 As Gilles Pécout has recently affirmed, ‘In Europe’s long nineteenth century, no cause was more international than that of nation’, and, indeed, ‘armed volunteers were one of the clearest demonstrations of the essentially transnational character of the Risorgimento’.2 Opening the narrative beyond the national means investigating the motivations of the volunteers who risked dying not ‘for one’s country’ but for someone else’s. In fact, it may be argued that the concept of transnational sacrifice undermines the potency of the nationalistic discourse.

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