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The Reception of Romanticism in Italy and Spain: Parallels and Contrasts

Hamnett, Brian (2015) 'The Reception of Romanticism in Italy and Spain: Parallels and Contrasts.' History of European Ideas, 41 (2). pp. 176-184. ISSN 0191-6599

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Abstract

Liberalism arose alongside Romanticism but the two were qualitatively different. Romantic Liberalism in Italy and Spain, with roots in the Enlightenment, looked for the reasons why supposed past liberties had been lost and for methods to regain them. The constitutional issue, however, exposed the differences between the two countries, due principally to continued foreign rule in Italy, lack of political unity and the absence of an accepted common language. In both countries, however, the conjunction of Liberalism and Romanticism assisted the elaboration of national myths. Literature in both countries responded to the overriding issues but with different emphases. Spain Romanticism produced no writer of Alessandro Manzoni's stature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liberties, historiography, medievalism, Catholicism, Liberalism, Romanticism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
D History General and Old World > DP Spain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 12:00
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 12:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14063

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