Giuseppe Mazzini

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Giuseppe Mazzini (22 June 1805 – 10 March 1872), nicknamed The Beating Heart of Italy, was an Italian politician, journalist and activist for the unification of Italy. His efforts helped bring about the independent and unified Italy in place of the several separate states, many dominated by foreign powers, that existed until the 19th century. He also helped define the modern European movement for ... more »

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  • The republic, as I at least understand it, means association, of which liberty is only an element, a necessary antecedent. It means association, a new philosophy of life, a divine Ideal that shall mov...
    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist leader. Faith and the Future, sct. 1 (1835), trans. in Essays by Joseph Mazzini, ed. Bolton King (18...
  • ''Insurrection—by means of guerrilla bands—is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke ... It is invincible, indestructible.''
    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist leader. General Instructions for the Members of Young Italy, sct. 4 (1831).
  • ''The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles, but not to found a strong and lasting accord between all the elements which compose the nation.''
    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist leader. The Duties of Man, ch. 1 (1844-1858, trans. 1907).
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