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1848: A Crisis for Multi-Nationalism?

1848: A Crisis for Multi-Nationalism?

Chapter:
(p.201) 6 1848: A Crisis for Multi-Nationalism?
Source:
Nationalists Who Feared the Nation
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774468.003.0007

The revolutions of 1848–49 not only represented a rupture of experience between communities living on the western and eastern shores of the Adriatic; they also served as a catechism for the precepts of Adriatic multi-nationalism. Italian and South Slavic national movements came into conflict in the battle to dissolve or maintain the Habsburg Empire. Italian and South Slavic nationalists also both claimed authority over the Adriatic. Prominent supporters of a multi-national Adriatic—including Niccolò Tommaseo, Francesco Dall'Ongaro, Pacifico Valussi, Medo Puci ć, Ivan August Kaznačić, and Stipan Ivičević—all took on leadership roles during the period 1848–49. All were acutely sensitive to the fact that a significant shift had taken place. And in one way or another, they all understood that prior models and strategies were no longer valid. This chapter considers how each of the six figures altered his multi-national ideas as a result of the revolutions.

Keywords:   multi-nationalism, nationalists, revolutions, Niccolò Tommaseo, Francesco Dall'Ongaro, Pacifico Valussi, Medo Puci ć, Ivan August Kaznačić, Stipan Ivičević

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