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Episode 8 – The Revolts of 1848

We know from our last podcast that Italy was ‘tinder dry’, a situation that had the potential to go up in flames.  What happened to start the revolutions was a series of events in the different kingdoms and duchies, which … Continue reading

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Episode 7 – The Causes of the 1848 Revolutions

We saw in the last podcast how new ideas about how Italy might free herself from Austrian domination had arisen.  In today’s podcast we’re going to see how Gioberti’s hopes seemed to be on the verge of coming true, so … Continue reading

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Episode 6 – New Ideas about 'Italy'.

Imagine we could travel back in time to Italy in 1815.  Suppose we spent twenty years from 1815 to 1835 travelling Italy, joining secret societies and revolutionary cells.  Lets say we were able to talk to three ‘revolutionaries’; say Charles … Continue reading

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Episode 5 – The Revolutions of 1831-2

In the last podcast we thought carefully about how the rebellions of 1821 were brought to an end by Austria’s military might, and the dis-interest of the great powers. Ten years later another set of rebellions broke out.  These were … Continue reading

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Episode 4 – The revolutions of 1821

We ended the last podcast by looking at an excerpt from Christopher Duggan’s The Force of Destiny, where Duggan argued that ‘the real problem [for the Austrians and the Restoration governments of Italy] lay with the educated classes’.  In this … Continue reading

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Episode 3 – The Restoration of Italy in 1815

In the last podcast we looked at the idea of Italy in 1815 and the way that this idea was affected by French rule.  In today’s podcast we’re covering what happened after the French were driven from Italy.  We are … Continue reading

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Episode 2 – the Idea of Italy in 1815

Transcript no 2 – the idea of Italy in 1815 In today’s podcast we’re going to take a look at the ‘idea’ of Italy in 1815, what people living in the peninsula might have said if they’d been asked ‘what … Continue reading

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Episode 1 – 1815, Why Start Here?

1815 is an important year in our course, and indeed in modern European History. It’s important because 1815 saw the end of the era of Napoleon I, and in Italy, the ‘restoration’ of various ‘states’. In today’s podcast we’re going … Continue reading

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