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Italian Nationalism Nationalism is the love of ones country rather than the love of ones native region and the belief that ones country is superior to that of anyone elses Italian nationalism became a strong force in the early 1800s when writers and thinkers became intent on reviving interest in Italys traditions From nationalism spawned a desire for unification therefore specific movements were founded allowing people to express these goals of liberation Three very influential men were present in Italy during the 19th century who played crucial parts in unifying Italy as they helped to spread nationalistic ideas throughout the country These men were Giuseppe Mazzini Count Camillo Benso di Cavour and Giuseppe Garibaldi A number of rebellions revolts and wars broke out during this time which united the people of Italy under similar feelings of patriotism as they were all set on fighting for their country All of these elements helped to bring about the unification of Italy In this essay I will explain how Italy was finally unified in the late 1800s and how nationalism influenced the people of Italy and played an important part on the road to Italian unification Three very important men of the 19th century greatly impacted Italian history One of them Giuseppe Mazzini was born in 1805 and devoted his entire life to his goals of Italian unification During the early 1800s a nationalistic movement known as the Risorgimento the Italian word for revival was founded Because nationalists were not permitted to express their ideas openly they formed several secret societies One of these groups was the Carbonari which Mazzini was a member of In 1831 he rallied Italian nationalists through an organization dedicated to uniting Italy He called this movement Young Italy and described it as a brotherhood of Italians who believed in Progress and Duty In 1848 he led groups of liberals and nationalists in a series of rebellions throughout various Italian states These
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