Carlo Cattaneo and the Politics of the Risorgimento, by Clara Maria Lovett (auth.)

By Clara Maria Lovett (auth.)

In January 1948, Alessandro Levi, a exclusive student within the fields of legislation, philosophy and political conception, released an editorial entitled "The 'return' of Carlo Cattaneo. " 1 Levi, himself the writer of an im­ portant paintings on Cattaneo, 2 pronounced on a number of tasks which were taken by way of Italian students on the grounds that 1945 to rescue the Lombard author and flesh presser from relative obscurity. With a few monetary the help of town of Milan, a committee of Italian and Swiss students were shaped within the spring of 1946 to post Cattaneo's works, which until eventually then had basically seemed in fragmentary and uncritical three variants. LeMonnier of Florence had agreed to post the recent edi­ tion. in the meantime, the Lombard historian Rinaldo Caddeo used to be getting ready with significant pains an variation of numerous volumes of Cattaneo's correspondence. additionally, a catalog of fabrics relating Cat­ taneo and located one of the Crispi papers was once being ready on the kingdom information in Palermo. a quick biography had seemed in 1945 and different works by way of historians, political scientists, and newshounds have been four in development. those projects appeared lengthy late, in view of the truth that Cattaneo's contemporaries had thought of him a number one determine within the liberal-democratic present of the Risorgimento. As Levi stated in his article, even though, those efforts to rescue Cattaneo's paintings from obscurity have been whatever greater than a belated tribute to a tremendous player within the heritage of 19th century Italy.

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The administration of Lombardy-Venetia turned over the request to the Istituto Lombardo, which chose Cattaneo as the member best qualified to study the question. Cattaneo was already familiar with the problems of Ireland, the land of his wife's forebears. In 1844, in fact, he had written about Ireland in It Politecnico. 75 The poverty of Ireland, Cattaneo had written at that time, was not the result of its natural characteristics, but of human actions and decisions, which had trapped the Irish people in a vicious circle of agricultural backwardness, ignorant superstition, and overpopulation.

And of that small contribution Cattaneo was always proud. His intelligence and dedication did not escape the attention of government officials. In November r840, for instance, Governor Hartig asked Cattaneo to translate some English-language publications on the subject of prison reform and to prepare a report on some experiments in prison practices, which had been carried out in England and in Philadelphia. Perhaps the Governor had read an article on this very question which had appeared in the June r840 issue of Il Politecnico.

And the same could be said, of course, of minerals, grains, cattle, and so forth. In the volumes of the first series of It Politecnico the contemporary reader still finds much that is informative and useful. Indeed, it seems difficult to believe that this brilliant journal suspended publication only five years after its promising beginning. Despite the success of the journal, Cattaneo experienced many difficulties with Giuseppe Pirola, the publisher of It Politecnico, and with the co-founders, Menini and Ferrario.

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