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Between revolution and reaction: Vincenzo Cuoco's 'Saggio storico'

Haddock, Bruce Anthony 2006. Between revolution and reaction: Vincenzo Cuoco's 'Saggio storico'. European Journal of Political Theory 5 (1) , pp. 22-33. 10.1177/1474885106059062

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The article focuses on Vincenzo Cuoco’s attempt to learn theoretical and political lessons from the failed Neapolitan Revolution of 1799. His Saggio storico sought to steer a course between revolution and reaction, arguing that practical reforms should be couched in terms that reflected traditional understandings within Neapolitan popular culture. He highlighted the responsibility of political leaders to shape popular culture rather than to impose ‘ideal’ solutions to political questions. The position he espoused (linking normative political theory to historical context) became a dominant motif in later liberal nationalist positions, enabling moderates to champion constitutional reform without embarking on radical economic and social change.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cuoco; liberal nationalism; Naples; reaction; revolution; Risorgimento
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1474-8851
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:52

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