The people against utopia


‘The function of history is to understand. This means neither judging nor justifying. Among the various chapters of our history deformed and distorted by the pedagogic intentions of the ruling ideologies, the case of popular anti-Jacobin uprisings is still emblematic even today. Between 1796 and 1799, and later right up to 1815, many parts of the Italian population rose up against the French troops which had invaded the country in the wake of the revolution of 1789, headed by a young general on his way to fame, Napoleon Bonaparte. The anti-Jacobin uprisings affected the entire country, from Piedmont to Calabria. They were different from place to place, from context to context, but had many points in common, starting with the defence of religious traditions and local freedoms threatened by Jacobin centralism and antichristianity. Compared to the first “ideological war” of our history, cases of bloody violence occurred. These were however reactions to previous ferociousness in the form of massacres, mass thefts, ideological coercion and antireligious repression. A violence which was all the more horrible in that it hid behind the mask of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The exhibition is organised along a route consisting of panels and examines the Uprisings as a historical event, underlining what happened in the various Italian regions, from Piedmont to Calabria, and in the Islands. The final part documents the heritage which the historical event has left. The exhibition will be enriched by numerous original documents, as well as by militaria of the times, thanks to the cooperation of the Pesaro State Archives, the Convent of San Nicola at Tolentino, the Museum of Traditions of the People of Romagna of Santarcangelo, the San Marino State Museum and a number of private loans including those of the Caucci Archive von Sauken of San Martino and Delfico of Perugia.’


18 Agosto 1996 - 24 Agosto 1996




Agorà C1 (Area CdO)
Exhibitions Meeting Exhibitions