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1848 in Italy was definitely a year to remember It was a year when the people of Italy who through nationalism joined together to try to form one large country under one rule an Italian rule Italy at this time was divided into many different states Austria ruled some parts while others were profoundly independent which followed the tradition of that of the Renaissance city-states The Pope also ruled part of Italy The Revolution in 1848 was therefore inspired by the Italians desire to be united and free of foreign rule As said 1848 was an amazing year and so were those before and after The revolution in Italy was very much inspired by nationalism and by a great leader named Giuseppe Mazzini He was one of the first nationalists in Italy and inspired latter events in the revolution of Italy through his ideals beliefs and work He said and argued that A people destined to achieve great things must one day or other form a nation-state He was fighting for autonomy but more for an Italy independent from the Hapsburgs for they ruled much of northern Italy Mazzini in his goal for liberty formed a nationalist group called Young Italy which no one older than 40 was allowed to join His group claimed more than 60000 supporters yet his idea of nationalism gained little support from the Italian masses for cultural differences divided northern and southern Italy Austria also tried very hard to suppress Mazzini and Young Italy and tried to prevent Mazzini from continuing his work It was in 1848 though that revolts broke out in eight separate states on the Italian peninsula Pope Pius XI and other leaders also aided the revolution invoked by Mazzinis nationalism The Pope unified Italy through religion and strengthened the revolution by forcing Sicily to join with another Italian state that of Naples Rome though had an uprising and the pope was forced to flee Giuseppe Mazzini
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