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The second war of Italian Unification 1859-61

By: Schneid, Frederick C. (High Point University, USA)

Part of the Essential histories series
1849087873 / 9781849087872
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United Kingdom
25 cm 96 p. : ill. (some col.)
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The culmination of decades of nationalist aspiration and cynical Realpolitik, the Second War of Italian Unification saw Italy transformed from a patchwork of minor states dominated by the Habsburg Austrians into a unified kingdom under the Piedmontese House of Savoy.

Unlike many existing accounts, which approach the events of 1859-61 from a predominantly French perspective, this study draws upon a huge breadth of sources to examine the conflict as a critical event in Italian history.

A concise explanation of the origins of the war is followed by a wide-ranging survey of the forces deployed and the nature and course of the fighting - on land and at sea - and the consequences for those involved are investigated.

This is a groundbreaking study of a conflict that was of critical significance not only for Italian history but also for the development of 19th-century warfare.


1DST Italy, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, HBJD European history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, HBW Military history

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