Alessandro Bonvini



Titolo del progetto di ricerca: Risorgimento Colonialism. Adventurers, Pioneers and Settlers beyond the Western Frontiers


Ph.D in Contemporary History, University of Salerno-Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá, 2018

Awards, Fellowships, Qualifications

Research Fellow, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples, November 2019-October 2020

Research Fellow, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Rome, September 2019-November 2019

Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, September 2018-August 2019

Teaching experience

May 2019: Visiting lecturer of Global History at University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

February 2019: Teaching assistant of Empires in Modern History, European University Institute, Florence

February-May 2018: Teaching assistant of History of the 19th-century, University of Salerno (Department of Cultural Heritage)

November 2017-January 2018: Teaching assistant of Contemporary History, University of Salerno (Department of Humanities)

December 2017-February 2018: Teaching assistant of Contemporary History, University of Salerno (Department of Cultural Heritage)

November 2016-March 2017: Teaching assistant of Contemporary History, University of Salerno (Department of Cultural Heritage)

Research languages

Italian; English; Spanish; Portuguese

This project analyses the activities of formal and informal colonialism carried out by Italian patriots between the 1820s and the 1870s. The hypothesis is that the origins of Italian colonialism can be traced back to the Risorgimento period. Before the Kingdom of Italy acquired official possessions, Italian actors undertook colonial enterprises in the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas, often cooperating with European and extra-European elitesDriven by a Romantic culture deeply imbued with notions of civilizing progress, they created agricultural settlements, founded diaspora-based communities, launched commercial and financial initiatives, and ruled provisional kingdoms and dominions. Recollecting primary sources from archives in Europe, the United States and Latin America, the research seeks to provide a revision of the Italian colonialism in a global perspective so as to offer an insight into the colonial mindset of nineteenth-century world patriotisms


Risorgimento atlantico. I patrioti italiani e la lotta internazionale per le libertà, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2022


«L’avventura nel Nuovo Mondo. Cospiratori, rivoluzionari e veterani napoleonici nella lotta per l’indipendenza della Nuova Granada, 1810-1830», Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ‘900, XXI, 1, 2018, pp. 3-26

«Los exiliados del Risorgimento. El mazzinianesismo en el Cono Sur», Memoria y Sociedad, XXII, 44, 2018, pp. 42-65

«Il patriottismo risorgimentale nel mondo atlantico, ca. 1790-1870», Storica, 71, XXIV, 2018, pp. 85-130

«‘Good Christians, Good Citizens, Good Patriots’. Young Italy and the Atlantic struggle for the Nation, 1835-1848», Diasporas, 34, 2019, pp. 65-78

«‘Nostra Patria, Nuestra América’. I repubblicani italiani e l’indipendenza cubana», Società e Storia, 166, 4, 2019, pp. 797-822

«Democratic imperialism and Risorgimento colonialism: European legionnaires on the Argentine pampa in the 1850s», together with S. Jacobson, Journal of Global History17, 1, 2022, pp. 89-108.