Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799

Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799

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Deeply influenced by Enlightenment writers from Naples and France, Vincenzo Cuoco (1770–1823) was forced into exile for his involvement in the failed Neapolitan revolution of 1799. Living in Milan, he wrote what became one of the nineteenth century’s most important treatises on political revolution.

In his Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799, Cuoco synthesized the work of Machiavelli, Vico, and Enlightenment philosophers to offer an explanation for why and how revolutions succeed or fail. A major influence on political thought during the unification of Italy, the Historical Essay was also an inspiration to twentieth-century thinkers such as Benedetto Croce and Antonio Gramsci.

This critical edition, featuring an authoritative translation, introduction, and annotations, finally makes Cuoco’s work fully accessible to an English-speaking audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442620254
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Bruce Haddock is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University.

Filippo Sabetti is a professor of Political Science at McGill University.

David Gibbons is a translator and researcher based in northern Italy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Vincenzo Cuoco and the Nature of Revolution and Constitutionalism (by Bruce Haddock and Filippo Sabetti)

Principal Events in Vincenzo Cuoco’s Life

Translator’s Note: The Words and Structures of Cuoco’s Revolution (by David Gibbons)


Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799

Appendix 1: Fragments of Letters Written by Vincenzo Cuoco to Vincenzio Russo

Appendix 2: Neapolitan Patriots Who Died on the Scaffold

What People are Saying About This

Sean Cocco

“Cuoco’s classic account of the 1799 revolution and counter-revolution remains one of the most important historical texts written in Napoleonic Italy. With this translation, Haddock, Sabetti, and Gibbons have done a service to European intellectual history, political science, and the comparative analysis of revolutions.”

John A. Davis

“Vincenzo Cuoco deserves to be ranked among the leading political theorists of the late Enlightenment, revolutionary, and Napoleonic periods. Haddock and Sabetti’s introduction is now the best, most authoritative essay on Cuoco’s treatise in any language.”

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