Mediterranean laboratory. Lord William Bentinck plans for Italy in the age of European Risorgimenti

Author/s Chiara Maria Pulvirenti
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/1
Language Italian Pages 20 P. 63-82 File size 212 KB
DOI 10.3280/ASSO2017-001006
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This essay focuses on the national inspirations conveyed by the Napoleonic wars. In particular, it delves deeply in the strategic role of Lord William Bentinck, the British plenipotentiary who arrived in Sicily to manage the parliamentary process of the political system of the island and the start of a constitutional regime. Through the analysis of the Journal and of the Minister's correspondence, it has been possible to reconstruct the controversial relationship between Bentinck and the Sicilian ruling classes, also analyzing both the failure of the British envoy's ambitions of conquest and his contribution to the development of national ideals and demands for independence, not only on the island but in the entire Mediterranean scenario.

Keywords: Sicily, Mediterranean Sea, Bentinck, Napoleonic era, nationalization.

Chiara Maria Pulvirenti, Laboratorio mediterraneo. I progetti di Lord William Bentinck per l’Italia nell’età dei risorgimenti europei in "ARCHIVIO STORICO PER LA SICILIA ORIENTALE" 1/2017, pp 63-82, DOI: 10.3280/ASSO2017-001006