Ben Kehoe

University of Oxford

Ben Kehoe - University of Oxford

My research looks at popular politics and popular political participation during the Italian Risorgimento: the period from 1815 to 1870 in which Italy was unified as a single state. I am interested in the ways ‘ordinary people’ – the shopkeeper, the artisan, the peasant – understood and made sense of political changes and ideas. I work with a diverse range of historical sources and artefacts, from police and court records to popular folk songs, legends and ballads and even graffiti. I find that voices from the past can be hidden in the most unlikely of places! I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Italian marble busts in the Staircase Hall.

Trusted Source: Helping you understand the big ideas behind our special places...

Trusted source articles

Petworth House from the Lake: Dewy Morning, painting by JMW Turner, c. 1810

What is Romanticism?

Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement which took place in Europe between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries.

Find out more
Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire

Why did Giuseppe Garibaldi become a Victorian celebrity?

Giuseppe Garibaldi is perhaps best known for helping to unify the various states of the Italian peninsula under one monarchy in 1860. However, Garibaldi’s heroic exploits also earned him considerable admiration in England in the 1860s.

More about Garibaldi's celebrity