It is no longer a question of republic or monarchy; it is a question of national unity, of existence or non-existence...Dr. Ben Tolila's lecture about Giuseppe Garibaldi deals with Italy's national hero, who freed and united the country in the mid-19th century. Garibaldi, who lived from 1807-1882, managed with his charismatic personality to lead the entire Italian nation into sovereignty and independence.
Garibaldi was one of those people who felt a sense of mission. A mission whose influence was not limited to Italy, but was felt beyond it as well. Garibaldi became a legend already in his lifetime. A legend through which young people in Italy and in other countries were educated to nationalism.
Dr. Yossi Ben Tolila is a graduate of the Department of Jewish History in Bar Ilan University, who lectures in various social contexts about historical personalities. In the lectures, he discusses the biographies of the people in light of their times; the circumstances that contributed to their appearance on the stage of history; their thought and activity; and the influence of all these on their generation and future generations. As we know, biographies are of assistance in the study of history, and shed light on the personal, social and political factors, that formed the basis of past events.
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