• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A dreamer and a propagandist who failed to contribute anything of substance to Italian unification. How far do you agree with this view of Mazzini?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'A dreamer and a propagandist who failed to contribute anything of substance to Italian unification.' How far do you agree with this view of Mazzini?' Many believe the view of the question to be true, on the foundations of surmountable evidence 'for' this question. Karl Marx stated that Mazzini's ideas represents "nothing better than the old idea of a middle-class republic." On the other hand there is also a strong argument that opposes this suggestion. Perry Rogers states that Mazzini is the "Soul of Italy," Supporting Marx's views are a number of collected sources that suggest the questions views . In 1831 Mazzini failed to gain the support of the new Piedmontese king, Charles Albert, in a bid to achieve Italian freedom due to his republican sympathies which shows his ...read more.

Middle

This further supports his dreamer status, as he failed in his uprising attempts and was condemned to death as a result. It is not possible for someone to be a central part of something when there actions become remote. Mazzini was also considered an intellect whose writing were often censored and couldn't be freely viewed and they were only seen by a number of people, his views were very difficult to grasp and extremely complex which caused even more of a gulf between Mazzini and the people he tried to inspire. Although Mazzini was a nationalist with a dream of unified italy he often argued with Garibaldi and was regarded as an enemy by both Metternich and Cavour. ...read more.

Conclusion

This dilutes the dreamer status as managed his youn italy to work toward a common ground this was a theory that he had took to practice successfully. Although his leadership in 1849 of the roman republic was very brief and could not withstand the french millitary force, it inspired many and showed that liberal Italians could govern effectively. In conclusion there are many theories and plans that mazzini failed to operate successfully but his founding of the Young italy in my opinion destroys the status of he being a 'Dreamer' on the other hand I do agree with the propagandist, he was able to spread his word even due to the complexties of his work he was able to be an active member even from a back seat which in my opinion makes him a good propagandist. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Contrast The Contribution Made By Mazzini, Cavour and Garibaldi to Italian Unification

    4 star(s)

    1861 Garibaldi handed over his conquests to Victor Emmanuel II, literally uniting Italy with the gesture. He was aware that if he would continue the expansionist actions, it would lead to a war which would stop or even destroy the Unification.

  2. Leni Riefenstahl The Propagandist or Artist? A Historiographical Debate.

    Riefenstahl as the film star * Whilst waiting for a train to see a doctor about her injured knee, the course of Leni's life was changed dramatically when her gaze fell upon a poster promoting Mountain of Destiny * After seeing the film and the appeal and impact it had,

  1. Who was more responsible for the success of Italian Unification up to 1861? Cavour, ...

    towards and so recent historians have been inclined to believe that his only real claim to fame is that he happened to be there at the right time to be the figurehead for Italian nationalism and after, unification of the new Kingdom of Italy as well.

  2. Explain why women failed to gain the vote 1900-1914

    to believe that the UK's overall interest was in women not having the right to vote. Although some leading politicians such as, Robert Cecil one of the main figures in the Conservative Party, and David Lloyd George of the Liberals, supported the women's suffrage, most men in the Government completely opposed the idea of women being able to vote.

  1. Hitler and the Secret Societies.

    One should be cautious about the thesis that the name Thule is a serious and conscious reference to a Nordic, Polar connection, in the effort to make a connection with the Hyperborean origins of the Indo-Germans--since Thule appears in ancient tradition as the sacred center or sacred island in the uttermost North.

  2. How far do you agree that Cavour made the most significant contribution to Italian ...

    Cavour was prepared to cede to France the territories of Nice and Savoy in order to gain French acceptance of Piedmonts annexation of central Italy, which demonstrates to us his actual lack of commitment to the idea of Italian unification.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work