1st Edition

Italy Before Italy
Institutions, Conflicts and Political Hopes in the Italian States, 1815-1860

ISBN 9780367593254
Published August 13, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Italian unification is one of the pivotal events in European history but the period leading up to Risorgimento has often been analysed in less detail. This book focuses on the history of the Italian states between 1815 and 1860 focusing on state institutions, international relations, economic and fiscal policies, living conditions and culture.

Table of Contents

1. A New Italy  2. Institutions and administrations until 1848  3. Politics and Conflict until 1848  4. The Italian Peninsula in the European Revolution: 1848-1849  5. Institutions and Politics during the Second Restoration (1849-1859)  6. The Work and Hopes of the Italians  7. War and the Birth of a New Nation

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Marco Soresina (1957) is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Milan.


"Prof. Soresino (Milan) has produced a concise overview of the history of Italy from the end of the Napoleonic Wars through unification under the House of Savoy. Using a a chronological treatment, he deals with all the states in Italy, albeit with more attention to the larger entities – Lombardy-Venetia, the Two Sicilies, the Papal States, and Sardinia/Piedmont. " - The NYMAS Review