The South and Italian Unity. Why we should read Contemporary Politics in a Historical Perspectives
There is an anti-Risorgimento front, made up of the Northern League and a varied array of neo-Bourbon and neo-Guelph circles that are trying to rewrite history. But if these attempts at historical revisionism were countered with consideration of what happened after Italy was united, the result would be «a convincing balance sheet right down to the present». Without the Risorgimento, Italy could never have be-come one of the richest and most advanced countries in the world. There should be a new emphasis on national unity, partly because the country’s development is not a zero-sum game (if more resources go to the South, the North loses out, or vice versa). As well as being an essential outlet for the North’s products, the South is a resource that can guarantee a more balanced development for the country.