Episode 15 – The War of 1859 and the Peace of Villafranca

In the last podcast we covered the reasons for, and the build up to the war of 1859, sometimes called the ‘Second War of Independence’. In today’s podcast we’ll look at the course of that war, and discuss what it tells us about how Italy came to be unified.

The podcast refers to the Peace of Villafranca, a short treaty that ended the war between France and Austria.  You can find the text of the treaty under the ‘sources’ tab above.

I found some really interesting links whilst I was researching this podcast

http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/article/other/solferino-article-bugnion-240409.htm is a link to a page about the founding of the Red Cross, by Henry Dunant.  Dunant saw the misery and suffering caused by the battle of Solferino and was moved to create the charity in response.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/49830477 ; and


are both digitised versions of Australian newspapers reporting on the events that we cover by re-printing articles by English newspapers.  These links are to articles copied from The Times and The Spectator, and show some interesting British attitudes to the events in Italy.

Download the transcript – Podcast No 15 – The War of 1859 and the peace of Villafranca.

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