Massimo d'Azeglio

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Massimo d'Azeglio

Massimo d'Azeglio.jpg
Portrait of D'Azeglio by Francesco Gonin (1850)
Senator of the Kingdom of Italy
In office
20 October 1853 – 15 January 1866
MonarchVictor Emmanuel II
Prime Minister of Sardinia
In office
7 May 1849 – 4 November 1852
MonarchVictor Emmanuel II
Preceded byClaudio Gabriele de Launay
Succeeded byThe Count of Cavour
Member of the Sardinian Chamber of Deputies
In office
8 May 1848 – 20 October 1853
ConstituencyStrambino
Personal details
Born(1798-10-24)24 October 1798
Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died15 January 1866(1866-01-15) (aged 67)
Turin, Italy
Political partyHistorical Right
Spouse(s)
Giulia Claudia Manzoni
(m. 1831; died 1834)
ChildrenAlessandra Taparelli
ParentsCesare Taparelli and Cristina Morozzo
Alma materUniversity of Turin
ProfessionSoldier, writer, painter
Military service
Branch/service Royal Sardinian Army
Years of service1815; 1848–1849
RankColonel
Unit2nd Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars1st Italian War of Independence

Massimo Taparelli, Marquess of Azeglio (24 October 1798 – 15 January 1866), commonly called Massimo d'Azeglio (Italian: [ˈmassimo tapaˈrɛlli dadˈdzeʎʎo]), belonging to the high nobility, was a Piedmontese-Italian statesman, novelist and painter. He was Prime Minister of Sardinia for almost three years, until his rival Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour succeeded him. D'Azeglio was a moderate liberal who hoped for a federal union between Italian states.[1][2][3][4] As Prime Minister, he consolidated the parliamentary system, getting the young king to accept his constitutional status, and worked hard for a peace treaty with Austria. Although himself a Roman Catholic, he introduced freedom of worship, supported public education, and sought to reduce the power of the clergy in local political affairs. As senator, following the annexation of the United Provinces of Central Italy, Azeglio attempted to reconcile the Vatican with the new Italian Kingdom. His brother Luigi Taparelli d'Azeglio was a Jesuit priest.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Rapport, Michael (2005). Nineteenth-Century Europe. Macmillan International Higher Education. p. 165.
  2. Matsumoto-Best, Saho (2003). Britain and the Papacy in the Age of Revolution, 1846–1851. Boydell & Brewer. p. 23.
  3. Romani, Roberto (2018). Sensibilities of the Risorgimento: Reason and Passions in Political Thought. BRILL. p. 193.
  4. Marrone, Gaetana (2007). Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies: A-J. Taylor & Francis. p. 573.
  5. "I miei ricordi" (PDF).
Attribution

Further reading[change | change source]

  • d'Azeglio, Massimo. Things I Remember (I miei ricordi) (Oxford UP, 1966).
  • Gilmour, David.The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples (2011). excerpt
  • Hom, Stephanie Malia. "On the Origins of Making Italy: Massimo D’Azeglio and ‘Fatta l’Italia, bisogna fare gli Italiani’." Italian Culture 31.1 (2013): 1–16. online[permanent dead link]
  • Jenks, William Alexander. Francis Joseph and the Italians: 1849–1859 (University Press of Virginia, 1978).
  • Marshall, Ronald. Massimo d'Azeglio: an artist in politics, 1798–1866 (Oxford UP, 1966).

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