Italian State Formation in the Leopard When most modern readers think about Italy they think about a single unified country. However, Italy has only existed as a single country since 1861. Before this point Italy was composed of a number of city states and kingdoms that often allied or feuded with each other( Ziblatt 59). The unification process can be said to be part of a general trend in Europe but, it can also be seen to be seen as a more regionalized struggle. The Leopard by Guseppe di Lampedusa is an examination of the reunification process from the perspective of a fading aristocrat in the peripheral area known as Kingdom of two Sicilies . It is the personal account of one man trying to fight against the unstoppable forces of...The end:
.....d by Guseppe di Lampedusa tells the story of Don Fabrizio Corbera an Aristocrat during Italian unification. The story is really about how old people in old regimes respond to change. Don Fabrizio Carbera is a supporter of the old regime which is being replaced around him. In the end he becomes an old relic of the old regime within a new society because he is unwilling to change along with society. Works Cited di Lampedusa , Giuseppe, The Leopard, Archibald Colquhoun(trans), Pantheon Books, New York, 2007. Colquhoun, Archibald, “Translator’s Note” in The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa , Archibald Colquhoun(trans), Pantheon Books, New York, 2007. Ziblatt , Daniel, Structuring the State, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2006.