The Second War of Italian Unification 1859-61 [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Second War of Italian Unification 1859-61

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Overview

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.

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"A fine survey that tells of a complex conflict in 1859 that defined and united the country we know today as 'Italy.'"
--James A. Cox, The Bookwatch (September 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780964508
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,147,615
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Dr Frederick Schneid, Professor of History at North Carolina's High Point University, is an authority on 19th-century European military history; his particular areas of interest include the Napoleonic Wars and the Italian armies of that era. His book The War of the Risorgimento, 1859-1861 is due to be published in 2011. This is his first book for Osprey.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chronology 11

The Risorgimento as war and revolution, 1815-49: Background to war 13

The Italian Kingdoms, France, and Austria: Warring sides 21

Revolutions, plots, and planning: Outbreak 28

The Second War of Italian Unification, 1859-61: The fighting 34

Giuseppe Cesare Abba and Garibaldi's Thousand: Portrait of a soldier 71

The threat of a general European war: The world around war 74

An anonymous Neapolitan account: Portrait of a civilian 79

From Villafranca to Gaeta: How the war ended 82

Conclusion and consequences 87

Select bibliography 92

Index 94

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