Note: Italy

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones


A traditional southern wintering place for the English, Italy frequently became during the Romantic period a site of elective exile and refuge, treated as especially interesting for its sublime layers of history and civilizations set against a backdrop of "primitive" natural beauty.

"Italy" was in effect occupied territory and fragmented kingdoms up through the French Revolutionary period. After the Congress of Vienna (1814-15), the impetus for nationalistic identity grew, in the form of the movement known as the Risorgimento, which ultimate led to unification.

Map of Mediterranean region

Published @ RC

October 1997