Eagles over Italy: The Second Italian War of Independence in the liberal London press

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dc.contributor.advisor Abbenhuis, M en
dc.contributor.author Artus, Anthony en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-27T23:37:00Z en
dc.date.issued 2017 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34564 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Britain remained neutral during the brief but deadly Second Italian War of Independence in 1859 – fought in Italy by France and Sardinia-Piedmont against Austria. Traditionally, historians emphasize the importance of the war as a step toward Italian Unification, occurring in 1861, and for the re-normalization of warfare in the European continent on its march to 1914. These interpretations necessarily overlook contemporary reactions to the conflict as it occurred. This thesis uses a close reading of British newspapers and periodicals printed during the war to explore how Britons viewed themselves, and others, in relation to the conflict. For midcentury Britons, the tendency for states to engage in, or to avoid, war itself became a marker of civilization and progress, and a way for neutral Britain – whose enthusiasm for Italian liberty was tempered by its antipathy for conflict – to perceive others. War was deemed a regressive pursuit, and where nations had once been entangled by military conflict, they were now derided for their proclivity to it. In this sense, war constitutes part of the liberal language which Britons used to distinguish themselves from continental autocracies. Crucially, 1859 shows how the notion of war pervaded British discourses regarding the state of (and states of) their European context. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264920713702091 en
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dc.title Eagles over Italy: The Second Italian War of Independence in the liberal London press en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline History en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 640951 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Humanities en
pubs.org-id History en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-07-28 en


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