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 to look briefly at the importance of Napoleon’s occupation of Italy, and, when it was over, what ideas were driving the ‘restoration’, the settlement that Britain, Austria, Russia and Prussia brought to Italy in 1815.

Transcript – Episode 1 1815, Why Start Here?

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Italian Unification

I’m pleased to say that I’ve been writing a master script for a podcast to appear here in September (2010). I’ve written-up events until Cavour’s work as Prime Minister of Piedmont in the 1850s (having got bogged down in the events and impact of 1848 and 1849).

I’m going to start recording in the next few weeks, and will post the first podcast on the 2nd of September.

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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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