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Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799

by (author) Vincenzo Cuoco

edited by Bruce Haddock & Filippo Sabetti

translated by David Gibbons

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
General, Italy, 19th Century, General, Revolutionary, History & Theory
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Deeply influenced by Enlightenment writers from Naples and France, Vincenzo Cuoco (1770–1823) was forced into exile for his involvement in the failed Neapolitan revolution of 1799. Living in Milan, he wrote what became one of the nineteenth century’s most important treatises on political revolution.

In his Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799, Cuoco synthesized the work of Machiavelli, Vico, and Enlightenment philosophers to offer an explanation for why and how revolutions succeed or fail. A major influence on political thought during the unification of Italy, the Historical Essay was also an inspiration to twentieth-century thinkers such as Benedetto Croce and Antonio Gramsci.

This critical edition, featuring an authoritative translation, introduction, and annotations, finally makes Cuoco’s work fully accessible to an English-speaking audience.

About the authors

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Bruce Haddock is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University.

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Filippo Sabetti is a professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.

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David Gibbons is a translator and researcher based in northern Italy.

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Editorial Reviews

‘Thanks to this edition of the Historical Essay on the Neopolitan Revolution of 1799… English-speaking readers finally have access to a lynchpin of the great history of Italian political thought.’

European History Quarterly vol 47:01:2017

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