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Southern Rebels against Italian Unification


This article explores counter-revolutionary brigandage in Southern Italy after 1860 (also known as Great Brigandage). Working from archival sources, the article offers a new interpretation of the interactions between the political, social and criminal aspects of the guerrilla war against the Risorgimento. Notwithstanding the plurality of the individual motives leading single actors to fight, it is argued that brigandage was an essentially political phenomenon and that the alliances between common bandits and loyalist forces were made possible only in the macro-political setting of the collapse of the Neapolitan monarchy, the difficulties facing Italian state-building, and the emergence of popular legitimist sympathies after 1860.


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hal-03414287 , version 1 (04-11-2021)



Alessandro Capone. Southern Rebels against Italian Unification: The Great Brigandage in the Province of Capitanata. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2017, 22 (4), pp.431 - 449. ⟨10.1080/1354571X.2017.1350019⟩. ⟨hal-03414287⟩
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