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Episode 18 – How successful was the new state of Italy after 1860?

Italy (and for that matter many Italians) went through a difficult time in the 10 years after the unification of North and South in 1860. Over the next two podcasts we’ll look at those difficulties in 6 different categories: Continuing … Continue reading

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Episode 17 – How did Garibaldi Conquer the South in 1860?

As we heard last time, when the Kingdom of northern Italy was formally announced in January 1860, Cavour had largely fulfilled his ambitions for the expansion of Piedmont by creating a Kingdom of Italy which included Parma, Modena, Tuscay, Lombardy … Continue reading

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Episode 16 – The Peace of Villafranca

As we heard in the last podcast, on the 11th of August 1859 Emperor Napoleon III of France met with Emperor Francis Joseph I of Austria in the Swiss town of Villafranca to agree a peace deal, which would end … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Episode 14 – The Orsini Plot and the Secret Meeting in Plombieres 1858

At the end of the podcast we learned that in 1856 Cavour had become a little over-excited and put forward a plan for war with Austria which the British Foreign Secretary had described as not ‘practical’ and ‘absurd’. However, within … Continue reading

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Episode 13 – The Development of Piedmont (Part II)

In the last podcast (quite a long time ago) we learned about Cavour’s part in the political, economic and industrial development of Piedmont in the 1850s’. In this second podcast about the development of Piedmont we’re going to cover diplomatic … Continue reading

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Episode 12 – The Development of Piedmont (part I)

In this episode we consider the ways that Piedmont developed after the setbacks of the 1848 and 1849 revolutions.  We’ll find out about the political, economic and industrial development of Piedmont, and in the next episode we’ll follow up with … Continue reading

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Episode 11 – The Impact of the 1848 – 9 Revolutions

Why did the revolutions of 1848-9 fail to make any immediate impact on the situation in Italy? This podcast explores the immediate and long term impact of the revolutions of 1848-9. Podcast Transcript

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Episode 10 – The Radical Revolts of 1849 and 1849

In 1848 the moderates, Charles Albert and Cassati the Podesta of Milan had been at the head of the attempt to liberate Italy from Austrian rule. As their attempts failed more radical revolutionaries made the attempt. Podcast Transcript

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Episode 9 – The Reasons for Failure in 1848/9

You’ll remember that in the last podcast we looked at the events of the 1848 revolts.  In today’s podcast we’re going to look at five big reasons why the revolutions in 1848 and 1849 failed to bring unity to Italy.  … Continue reading

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