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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Italy's 150th Anniversary of Unification

Not only is today St. Patrick’s day, but it also marks the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification. Here, in Italian, is the official site of the holiday.

To celebrate, read about and participate in a conversation from an Italian-American perspective by i-Italy (Italian/American Digital Project). You can also link to (in Italian), an episode of Porta a Porta, “Italy Re-launches with Garibaldi.”

Of course, the history, as well as Italy’s current political and cultural state, is not as unified as the holiday might suggest. Slate’s reprint of Tony Barber’s Financial Times article, “Unified Italy Reaches Its 150th Anniversary, but Italians still lack a national identity” helps to put the current state into perspective.

What will you do today to celebrate? 

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