We are all Bourbons


And if Bourbon was in fact Savoy? And the true patriots the brigands? The Reign of the two Sicilies existed, in an absolutely legitimate way for centuries.
Naples was the third capital of Europe. Naples set up the first Chair of Economics in Europe. The first train line Naples-Portici. Then the Savoys arrived. The resistance lasted for 10 years. Some think that it is still active even now.
After the occupation by the people of Piedmont, the capitals were transferred to the North. And thanks to the tax on milling, to the south of the Americas. The South was not liberated, but consigned to underdevelopment. The Issue of the South comes from an expropriation.
All has been the object of revisionism in Italy apart from the Risorgimento. Garibaldi is the hero of the two worlds and Frances II a wretch. The squares in the South are named after their occupants and at the same time there’s an expression “as evil as a person from Piedmont”. Nothing against the people from Piedmont, much against the ferocious repression of General Cialdini.
At the head of an army of more than 100,000 men. A bit like the war of liberation in Iraq. Much against villages that were set on fire and slaughtered. Against deportations. And tens of thousands of dead.
At school Bourbon is bad and Savoy is good. Bourbon State is synonymous with degradation of the institutions. Brigand of a proto-mafia type. Perhaps the school texts should be changed beyond the meaning of the words. Re-evaluated the patriots who lost their lives against the Piedmont army.
Perhaps we should tell ourselves a different history. In which the Risorgimento {Resurgence} was in part, to a great extent, the expansionism of a dynasty. That left us as an inheritance the emigration of millions of people who fled from hunger, two world wars, fascism.
It’s a Savoy State. The one that we insist on calling a Bourbon one.
I know, after populism, I am sliding into revisionism.

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The person who commented that all history is propaganda has a good idea of both. My wife and I were raised in New York and to us the Revolutionary War was a war of independence against tyranny; at least that is the way it was taught us in school. We moved to Canada and my children went to school there and, inevitably, learned about the Revolutionary War from the point of view of the Empire. The interesting thing to me was the fiction book they read about that period (when they were in the fifth grade). This book told the story of a "partiot" from Philadephia, who supported the King and who wanted to escape to Canada with his wife and child (wait a minute, I thought those were the "traitors"). He was handsome (a school teacher who loved his students), his wife beautiful and their child good. They left Philadephia and headed (secretly) for Canada. Along the way they encountered "traitors" ( the very people I was taught were the patriots! go figure). Invariably these "traitors" to the King were ugly, dirty and hit their children!

Is it thus that nations are created?

Posted by: Anthony Geramita | November 28, 2006 05:34 PM

This photo shows a soldier holding the already decapitated head of a "brigante". He has put it back on the shoulders to take the picture. I have the book too. It is an insite into a history that's still to be written. All wars are told by the winners.

Posted by: john Santilli | November 27, 2006 10:06 PM

History as taught in school is similar to propaganda. I remember that my Italian History books stopped at the First World War in which Italy shared victory with its allies. After that NOTHING. There was no more history to be considered worth studying because nobody wanted to mention Italy's shameful Fascist history, the lost second war, the civil war, the fall of the corrupt Monarchy, etc. That was supposed to eliminate all the problems and indoctrinate Italians accordingly.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | November 27, 2006 09:11 PM

It is well known that Italy is more or less an artificial state created by the powers and the masonry in 19th

Posted by: francesco filippi | November 27, 2006 05:44 PM

When I was at the elementary school, the teacher (which followed us from 1st to 5th grade) told us about this situation and I still remember it.
Maybe it was only her opinion but we knew.
Nowadays, with those teachers that don't give a shit, the Italian people knows less than 30 years ago because the School system is going down the drain with a swirl.
The point is that our government is hiding information from us, making us live like fat geese.
I learned about the Southern Problem (La Questione Meridionale) in Elementary school, not in University or some esotheric institute: I think something is wrong in Italy and it smells like a rotten fish too.
Where is information when we need it?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | November 27, 2006 05:09 PM

We should get rid of the statues of Mazzini and Garibaldi the eroes that united Italy,and put Bossi instead,.....JUST JOKING!

Posted by: evakulnura | November 27, 2006 09:54 AM

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