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Cattaneo, Carlo

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


(1801–69), Italian political economist. His extensive writings, usually in his journals the Annali universali di statistica and Il Politecnico , provided a moderate, gradualist critique of post-Napoleonic restoration Italy. His talents led to his recognition and employment by the British government on agrarian problems in India and Ireland. Besides his scholarship, he is principally remembered for his part in the early stages of the Milanese uprising of 1848 (see revolutions of 1848–9). After its failure he went into exile, only returning to Milan and reestablishing Il Politecnico once the franco-austrian war of 1859 had freed his native Lombardy from rule by the habsburg empire . However, as a federalist (see federalism [1]) rather than a nationalist, he remained deeply critical of Piedmontese expansionism and of the new Italian state ruled by the Savoy dynasty. (See also italian unification ; risorgimento ) ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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