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I offer hunger, thirst and forced marches – Tim Parks on the trail of Garibaldi

There’s a wonderful narrative of Garibaldi’s flight from Rome in 1849 in a recent edition of the London Review of Books, in which Tim Parks tries to walk the same route, and tell the story of Garibaldi and his followers. … Continue reading

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Episode 19 – The completion of Italy and her on-going problems

Today’s podcast is the final one in our series about Italian unification. As we saw in the last podcast the first 10 years of a united Italy after 1860 saw the new state go through severe birth pains. In the … 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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Carabinieri

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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28254297

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Podcast Hiatus.

I am very sorry we have not finished the recording of the podcast… yet.  I’ve been somewhat distracted by writing the textbook, and running a department!  Anyway.  I’ve resigned as head of dept with effect of end of July, and … Continue reading

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