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GARIBALDI IN SUDAMERICA

Gli anni dell'esilio e della lotta 1835-1848

Autore: Bruno Mugnai

Codice: 900017

20,00  € 19,00

ITALIAN TEXT WITH BRIEF SUMMARY AND CAPTIONS IN ENGLISH

Fully illustrated with black and white photos and 16 colour uniform plates.

From 1836 to 1848, Garibaldi lived in South America as an exile, and these years of turmoil and revolution in that continent strongly influenced his career. He volunteered as a naval captain for the Rio Grande do Sul republic during that small state's unsuccessful attempt to break free from the Brazilian Empire. Actually, he did little more than prey on Brazilian shipping. In the course of often harrowing adventures on land and sea, he managed to elope with Anna Maria Ribeiro da Silva (Anita), a married woman, who remained his companion in arms until her death. After a succession of victories by the Brazilians in 1839-40, Garibaldi finally decided to leave the service of Rio Grande. Driving a herd of cattle, he made the long trek to Montevideo with Anita and their son. There he tried his hand as commercial traveler and teacher but could not accustom himself to civilian life. In 1842 he was put in charge of the Uruguayan navy in another war of liberation-this time against Juan Manuel de Rosas, the dictator of Argentina. The following year, again in the service of Uruguay, Garibaldi took command of a newly formed Italian Legion at Montevideo, the first of the Redshirts, with whom his name became so closely associated. After he won a small but heroic engagement at the Battle of Sant'Antonio in 1846, his fame reached even to Europe, and in Italy a sword of honor, paid for by subscriptions, was donated to him. He was in charge of the defense of Montevideo for a short time in 1847, when he first came to the attention of Alexandre Dumas pere, who later did much to foster his reputation. Garibaldi also greatly impressed other foreign observers as an honest and able man. His South American experiences gave him invaluable training in the techniques of guerrilla warfare that he later used with great effect against French and Austrian armies, which had not been taught how to counter them. These first exploits in the cause of freedom cast him in the mold of a professional rebel, an indomitable individualist who all his life continued to wear the gaucho costume of the pampas and to act as if life were a perpetual battle for liberty.

La formazione militare dell’eroe dei due mondi iniziò negli anni in cui entrò al servizio della repubblica secessionista del Rio Grande do Sul. Nonostante l’ampia pubblicistica riguardante le imprese di Garibaldi e la nascita del suo mito, gli anni trascorsi nel continente americano sono quelli meno conosciuti in Italia; eppure la partecipazione dei nostri connazionali alle guerre d’indipendenza in America Latina contribuì alla formazione della coscienza politica di molti patrioti e diede un impulso decisivo all’elaborazione dei metodi di lotta del nostro Risorgimento. La storia, l’organizzazione e le uniformi dei reparti agli ordini di Garibaldi sono presentate assieme a quelle degli avversari del grande rivoluzionario italiano negli anni trascorsi in Brasile e Uruguay.
Lingua

ITALIANO CON SOMMARIO E DIDASCALIE IN LINGUA INGLESE

Illustrazioni

foto in bianco e nero e 16 tavole a colori 

Pagine

80

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ISBN
9788896519684