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Garibaldi's Defense of the Roman Republic 1848 to 1849 (Garibaldi #1)

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1907. With seven maps and numerous illustrations. Trevelyan was a master of the so-called literary school of historical writing, and his reaction against scientific history has had tremendous influence. He did not, however, ignore the scientific aspects of historical scholarship; rather he asserted that the historian must elucidate his subject through imaginative speculati ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1907)
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If you don't know who Giuseppe Garibaldi is, it is time to learn. A founder of modern Italy, Garibaldi led one of the most heroic lives of all time. I don't know how Hollywood has not made a movie of his life. If I ever write a screenplay (ha!), it will be about Garibaldi. William Wallace has nothing on this man.

This book is the first volume of a trilogy about the man's life, so it does not end well. The author tracks Garibaldi's life from boyhood through his years in exile. Banished from the pr
Trevelyan was notoriously biased in his writing style and Garibaldi is proof of that. A fine author, but not one to quote in a university dissertation - unless, of course, you are discussing historiography.

This trilogy was written at the watershed of the great narrative histories of Macauly, Froude, Lecky and Seeley. Trevelyan also belongs to the 'gentlemen scholar' era of historians. In that sense it is fascinating. But is it really a fine example of history writing? Its more like the pop histo
First volume of a biography of Garibaldi. I didn't find this dated at all -- actually really well written and engaging, without a the usual modern, academic jargon to wade through. And stirring stuff, really. A good little section on a speech of Garibaldi's that Churchill later appropriated.
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George Macaulay Trevelyan, OM, CBE, FRS, FBA, was an English historian. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose staunch liberal Whig principles he espoused in accessible works of literate narrative avoiding a consciously dispassionate analysis, that became old-fashioned during his long and productive career. Contemporar ...more
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