(co-edited, with Nadia Urbinati)
Princeton University Press, 2009.
This volume gathers Giuseppe Mazzini's most important essays on democracy, nation building, and international relations, including some that have never before been translated into English. These neglected writings remind us why Mazzini was one of the most influential political thinkers of the nineteenth century—and why there is still great benefit to be derived from a careful analysis of what he had to say. Mazzini (1805-1872) is best known today as the inspirational leader of the Italian Risorgimento. But, as this book demonstrates, he also made a vital contribution to the development of modern democratic and liberal internationalist thought.
The writings collected here show how Mazzini developed a sophisticated theory of democratic nation building—one that illustrates why democracy cannot be successfully imposed through military intervention from the outside. He also speculated, much more explicitly than Immanuel Kant, about how popular participation and self-rule within independent nation-states might result in lasting peace among democracies. In short, Mazzini believed that universal aspirations toward human freedom, equality, and international peace could best be realized through independent nation-states with homegrown democratic institutions. He thus envisioned what one might today call a genuine cosmopolitanism of nations.
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Review by Paolo Morisi (Political Studies Review)
Review by Daniel Voelsen (Ethics & International Affairs)
Review by Richard Drake (The European Legacy)
Review by Gaspare Battistuzzo (Ravenna Journal)
Review by Chenchen Zhang (Plurilogue Journal)
Review by Sebastiano Maffettone (Il Sole24 Ore, in Italian)
Italian edition of the book (by Elliot Edizioni, 2011).