City and Nation in the Italian Unification: The National by Mahnaz Yousefzadeh

By Mahnaz Yousefzadeh

This study of the 1st nationwide competition of recent Italy traditionally reconstructs the occasion, using a mass of un-catalogued and unpublished files left by means of the organizers, which positions the Centenary as a platform upon which another definition of Italian nationwide id emerged.

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The Piedmontese complained that Florence, as opposed to the “modern, spacious, clean, perfect Turin” (“modernissima, spaziosa, pulita, perfetta Torino”), 20 lacked the stature of a capital. 21 Upon arrival in Florence, the Piedmontese government functionaries and their families found all things bruto22: the climate, the city, the customs, the language. 23 This air of superiority exuded even from the Savoyard king who was “uncomfortably” stationed in his new residence at the Palazzo Pitti of Florence.

Orlanini and Giuseppe Poggi as advisors, Targioni Tozzetti and Carlo Scappucci as secretaries, and Carlo Bologna and Carlo Fenzi as treasurers. 20 Nonetheless, the voluntary association conceived of itself as a national body transcending the bureaucratic, administrative, and political divisions within the nation-state, whether municipal, provincial, or regional. A dispute over seating arrangements a few years later at the festa itself highlights the issue. For the inauguration ceremony at Santa Croce, the representatives of the society were originally not assigned adjacent seats but were separated according to the provincial affiliation of individual members.

When the Turin elite protested the removal of the capital from their city and took to the streets, they met a fierce response that was led by the minister of interior, the Florentine politician Ubaldino Peruzzi (to be removed from his position within a few days, on September 27, 1864). indd 22 3/12/2011 7:46:01 AM The Dante Centenary 23 the superior patriotic merit of Savoyard Piedmont. ”19 The loss of the capital, not to Rome but to what Turin regarded as small, medieval Florence, as well as the harsh repression of public protest, prompted the Turinese to form a faction called Permanente with the purpose of defending the prestige of their city.

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