Category Archives: Things on the Web


Italy has two police forces, and you can trace the roots of this dual authority back to unification, as you can see from this really interesting BBC news magazine article.

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Venice Under Siege

There’s a great article in January’s History Today about Venice during the First World War. It’s a little outside our period but it refers to many of the themes that we use to understand the difficulties that Italy faced after … Continue reading

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A third Jesus Christ for Italy? Italian Heroes and the Risorgimento.

Whilst doing some reading for this blog – I intend to restart the podcast this summer and complete it as soon as I can, I started thinking about similarities between the Italian politician Bepe Grillo and Garibaldi.  Grillo’s wikipedia page … Continue reading

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What was so scary about Napoleon?

The spelling in this video is dreadful, but it gives you a good idea as to why the ghost of Napoleon often seems to haunt the powers of Europe after 1815

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