David I. Kertzer
and the Roman revolution of 1848 / e la rivoluzione romana del 1848

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DOI: 10.12878/1088pressbyte2019_1
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As the only official representative of the U.S. government in Rome at the time of the Roman revolution of 1848, Nicholas Brown played a significant, if little known, role. Invoking American republican and Enlightenment values, he took an active part in supporting the newly proclaimed Roman Republic, in direct conflict with the instructions he received from the U.S. secretary of state. His correspondence with Giuseppe Mazzini, Carlo Armellini and Aurelio Saffi, and other major figures in the drama of Rome in 1848-49, long buried in archives at Brown University, offers new insight into that key episode of the Italian Risorgimento.


David I. Kertzer, anthropologist and historian, is Dupee University Professor at Brown University. His works range from studies of the role of ritual and symbolism in politics to nineteenth and twentieth century Italian history. His book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (2014) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. His most recent book on the Roman revolution, The Pope Who Would Be King, has been published also in Italian.

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna (Italy)
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DOI: 10.12878/1088pressbyte2019_1
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First edition: April 2019