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By Vincenzo Cuoco, Bruce Haddock, Filippo Sabetti, David Gibbons

ISBN-10: 1442649453

ISBN-13: 9781442649453

Trans. David Gibbons

Deeply inspired through Enlightenment writers from Naples and France, Vincenzo Cuoco (1770–1823) was once pressured into exile for his involvement within the failed Neapolitan revolution of 1799. dwelling in Milan, he wrote what grew to become one of many 19th century’s most vital treatises on political revolution.

In his Historical Essay at the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799, Cuoco synthesized the paintings of Machiavelli, Vico, and Enlightenment philosophers to supply a proof for why and the way revolutions prevail or fail. an immense impact on political notion in the course of the unification of Italy, the Historical Essay was once additionally an idea to twentieth-century thinkers equivalent to Benedetto Croce and Antonio Gramsci.

This severe variation, that includes an authoritative translation, creation, and annotations, ultimately makes Cuoco’s paintings absolutely available to an English-speaking audience.

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Bibliographical references). Syntax has tended to be the poor relation of lexis in translation studies (and, incidentally, in philological criticism as well). But Cuoco’s Historical Essay is an interesting example of some of the challenges involved in translating this kind of structure. If we look again at 15 On the footnote, see Grafton (1997); on the parenthesis see, among others, Lennard ([1991] 2003). On paratexts, the discussion of which owes much to the pioneering work of Gérard Genette, see the recent volume by Gil-Bardají, Orero, and RoviraEsteva (2012).

The argument is far-fetched for modern readers, but Cuoco had an exemplary source in Vico’s De antiquissima Italorum sapientia of 1710 (see Vico 1971: 55–131; Haddock 1986: 58–64). The concept of an ancient, almost primordial, wisdom is, of course, treated with deep suspicion by modern historians, focused as they often are on the discursive construction of cultures in deeply divided contexts. What remains, however, once the stylized structure is factored out, is a sustained rebuttal of a rationalist cast of mind.

Where late-eighteenth-century republican thought (largely derived from Rousseau) had set the virtuous individual at the centre of the political stage, Cuoco sounded a warning. In the Neapolitan Revolution, virtue had been entirely on the side of the “patriots”; lacking a viable institutional framework, however, their best endeavours had proved to be self-destructive. Here was another Machiavellian insight (this time drawn from The Discourses) that had been obscured by the optimism of the eighteenth century (see Machiavelli 1960: 146–52).

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