I found the description of Italy by Mikhail Bakunin very interesting, the idea that Italy was a power keg, “will millions of impoverished peasants and its deep seated traditions of rural violence….Freedom for the masses…could only come with a social revolution that would sweep away the bourgeoisie.” Pg 352
The other aspect of the reading I found compelling was when Duggan was talking about mass emigration in the early 1900’s. I was thinking that could be one of the factors that kept Italy from becoming a culturally unified nation.
The most informative section of this reading was the section on Libya. Besides describing the devastation caused by the Italians, (killing 100,000 Libyans, 1/8th of the populations), Duggan does a great job of discussing the excitement at home and the fact that the idea that war would bring Italy together, didn’t die immediately but “haunt[ed] even sober-minded intellectuals like Giustino Fortunato” pg 384
(I found the first part of Gabriele D’Annunzio’s novel Il Piacere on youtube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jleVTn7Q-aM