This short volume traces the gestation of the unfinished experiment in creating a unified Italian state and the equally unfinished project of forging Italian citizens up to the sesquicentennial celebrations of 2011. The authors delineate the key elements in these processes and give an account of the crucial turning points that have resulted in the contemporary ‘crises’ of both the Italian state and Italian society. A solution is proposed in relation to these crises and a final section examines the prospects for the future. The approach taken is of an interdisciplinary nature. This work will be of particular interest to policymakers, scholars and diplomats.
Seamus Taggart is a Junior Associate Fellow at the SAIS Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University and is completing his doctoral studies on Italian Relations with China during the Cold War at the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID), Geneva. He has spent significant time in Italy both working and studying. He has previously taught and carried out research at the Università IULM (Milan), the Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. He has also worked as a Political Risk Analyst with Eurasia Group in New York.
David Zammit is Founder and Managing Director of Zeta Capital Advisory Limited in Malta. Previously he worked as a corporate finance professional in Switzerland, for Capital Efficiency Group AG where he oversaw the Italian, French and UK markets. He also worked as an underwriter for Swiss Re in Italy. He holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi and an MA in International Relations from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He has spent significant time in Italy both working and studying. David is married to Renée and has two children, Jacob and Elijah.
Introduction • Chapter 1, Constructing the State • Chapter 2, Making Italians • Chapter 3, Metternich’s Revenge