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In January 1948, Alessandro Levi, a distinct student within the fields of legislation, philosophy and political thought, released a piece of writing entitled "The 'return' of Carlo Cattaneo. " 1 Levi, himself the writer of an im­ portant paintings on Cattaneo, 2 pronounced on a number of tasks which have been taken via Italian students seeing that 1945 to rescue the Lombard author and flesh presser from relative obscurity. With a few monetary the help of town of Milan, a committee of Italian and Swiss students were shaped within the spring of 1946 to post Cattaneo's works, which until eventually then had in basic terms seemed in fragmentary and uncritical three variants. LeMonnier of Florence had agreed to put up the hot edi­ tion. in the meantime, the Lombard historian Rinaldo Caddeo was once getting ready with enormous pains an variation of numerous volumes of Cattaneo's correspondence. moreover, a catalog of fabrics referring to Cat­ taneo and located one of the Crispi papers used to be being ready on the nation data in Palermo. a short biography had seemed in 1945 and different works via historians, political scientists, and reporters have been four in development. those tasks appeared lengthy late, in view of the truth that Cattaneo's contemporaries had thought of him a number one determine within the liberal-democratic present of the Risorgimento. As Levi said in his article, although, those efforts to rescue Cattaneo's paintings from obscurity have been whatever greater than a belated tribute to a major player within the historical past of 19th century Italy.

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Despite this volatile atmosphere, however, it is doubtful that a full-fledged revolution would have occurred in Lombardy, had it not been for the political crisis in Vienna. Inevitably, news of the fall of Metternich, on March 13, 1848, generated tremendous excitement, as did the subsequent decision of Archduke Rainier and of Governor Spaur, the highest civilian authorities, to leave Milan. The responsibility of governing the city was left to Vice-Governor O'Donnell and to the Congregazione Municipale headed by the Mayor, Count Gabrio Casati.

Cattaneo explained his motives in a letter of February 9, 1844 to Cesare Cantu. 65 He hoped that a comprehensive report on the entire Lombard region might be the first of a series of such studies on the historical regions of Italy. From a series of good regional studies, Cattaneo pointed out, one would quickly form a picture of the history, economy and population of the whole peninsula and of the islands. This explanation is significant, because it shows that four years before the upheaval which forced him to play a role in the Italian nationalist movement, Cattaneo already sought to trace in the historical regions of Italy those elements which formed the country's peculiar traditions and culture.

Cattaneo used the results of that survey for some articles which appeared in the March and August 1839 issues of It Politecnico. 46 In France, Cattaneo was in touch with a number of scholars and businessmen. For example, when the French firm of Achilles Guillard & Co. 47 From Guillard's letters of 1840-41, however, it appears that Cattaneo was not too interested in becoming a lobbyist. 48 Another useful contact for It Politecnico was Giuseppe Ferrari, who had settled in France in 1838 and who sent books and articles.

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