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Giuseppe Fanelli

Giuseppe Fanelli
Born 13 October 1827
Naples, Italy
Died 5 January 1877(1877-01-05) (aged 49)
Naples, Italy

Giuseppe Fanelli (13 October 1827 - 5 January 1877) was a nineteenth-century Italian revolutionary anarchist, best known for his tour of Spain 1868, introducing the anarchist ideas of Mikhail Bakunin.[1]


  • Life and revolutionary career 1
  • Death 2
  • Perceptions of others in regard to Fanelli 3
  • References 4
  • References and further reading 5
  • See also 6

Life and revolutionary career

Fanelli was born in Naples, Italy on 13 October 1827. At the age of 18, he enrolled in Giovine Italia, a political movement with the goal to create a united Italian republic.[2]

He was active in the revolutionary enterprises in Lombardy and Rome in 1848 - 1849. He went on to fight alongside Garibaldi and the Thousand in Sicily in 1860; he also fought in the Polish uprising in 1863.[3] He was elected to Italian Parliament in November 1865 and fought against the Austrians in 1866.

Fanelli met Bakunin at Spanish exiles, the largest workers' and peasants' movement in modern Spain and the largest Anarchist movement in modern Europe.[6]

Fanelli's tour took him first to Barcelona, where he met and stayed with Elie Recluse.[6] Recluse and Fanelli were at odds over Recluse's friendships with Spanish republicans, and Fanelli soon left Barcelona for Madrid.[6] Fanelli stayed in Madrid until the end of January 1869, conducting meetings to introduce Spanish workers, including Anselmo Lorenzo, to the First National.[7] In February 1869 Fanelli left Madrid, journeying home via Barcelona.[4] While in Barcelona again, he met with painter Josep Lluís Pellicer and his cousin, Rafael Farga Pellicer along with others who were to play an important role establishing the International in Barcelona,[4] as well as the Alliance section.


Fanelli died of tuberculosis in Naples in 1877.[4]

Perceptions of others in regard to Fanelli


  1. ^ Leier, Mark (2006).  
  2. ^ Fanelli, Sagaplanet, 2009, archived from the original on 17 January 2014 
  3. ^ Whelehan, Niall, Fanelli, Giuseppe (1826–1877),  
  4. ^ a b c d Bookchin 1998, p. 14.
  5. ^ Bookchin 1998, pp. 12–15.
  6. ^ a b c Bookchin 1998, p. 12.
  7. ^ Bookchin 1998, p. 13.

References and further reading


See also

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