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.
The Second War of Italian Unification 1859-61by Frederick C. Schneid
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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.
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