By Mahnaz Yousefzadeh
This booklet investigates the 1st nationwide competition of recent Italy, the 6th Centenary pageant of Dante Alighieri in 1865. The research involves an old reconstruction of the development in accordance with the invention of un-catalogued and unpublished files left by means of the organizers. The narrative poses the Centenary as a platform upon which another definition of Italian nationwide id emerged, one in keeping with a historical past of Florentine Cultural nationalism that hostile the Piedmontese territorial nationalism.
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Il pensiero della grande Solennità fu dunque in lui (Corsini) indipendente da ogni contaminazione”29). By the following November (1863), the municipality of Florence approved the Centenary celebration to take place in Florence in May 1865. indd 44 3/12/2011 7:46:16 AM The City Organizes the Nation 45 commission in charge of preparations for the Centenary. 30 A few months later, the municipality authorized the astonishing sum of 350,000 lire for the festival budget. To appreciate this sum, it is useful to compare it with the monies used for other Florentine festivals of that same year.
63 These cultural confrontations between Florence and Turin appertain to a still larger conflict: the debates concerning the configuration of the emerging national culture. 64 The German government strove to create a homogeneous, Protestant, unified national culture. According to Smith, these policies proved divisive and unsuccessful. They paradoxically reinforced antagonistic cultural practices, inducing memories of a divided people within a politically unified state. Old animosities—in the German case, between Catholics and Protestants—were recollected and politicized, used as tools for the distinct efforts to delimit the national identity.
These experts were sent to Florence in order to determine which Florentine monasteries and convents were most suitable for a speedy takeover by the national offices. Individual Tuscan senators such as Ginori, Storzzi, Della Gherardesca, Caponi, and Ridolfi responded immediately. They argued that the governmental occupancy placed valuable artwork at a severe risk. indd 28 3/12/2011 7:46:01 AM The Dante Centenary 29 La Nazione frequently criticized the methods of the Piedmontese specialists. 61 The tendencies of the two commissions often clashed in a climate of rising unease.
City and Nation in the Italian Unification: The National Festivals of Dante Alighieri (Italian and Italian American Studies) by Mahnaz Yousefzadeh