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Bordertopia: Pacifico Valussi and the Challenge of Borderlands in the Mid Nineteenth Century
California Italian Studies (2011)
  • Dominique K Reill, University of Miami
Abstract
This article seeks to answer the question why in the last months of the Provisional Government of Daniele Manin's Republic of Venice chose to rename the famous quay outside of the Ducal Palace, Riva degli Schiavoni, with the new name Riva degli Slavi. The author argues that this act should not be seen as just one more example of the unpragmatic utopianism that damned revolutionary war effort to ultimate failure in 1849. Instead the renaming of the Riva points to an entirely different strain of conceiving the potential futures of nationhood in the early to mid nineteenth century. Using the example of the local activist and newspaper man, Pacifico Valussi, this article reveals that ideas for the creation of a future Italy were grounded to a large extent in imperial, multi-national realities, realities where "national division" bespoke bloodshed and economic loss more than resurgence.
Keywords
  • Risorgimento,
  • Adriatic,
  • Valussi,
  • Multinationalism,
  • Habsburg,
  • Venice,
  • 1848,
  • Trieste
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Dominique K Reill. "Bordertopia: Pacifico Valussi and the Challenge of Borderlands in the Mid Nineteenth Century" California Italian Studies Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dominique_reill/1/