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Viewing Topic "The war against brigandage - Italy - (1861-1870)"
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Posted by: paul will I think that a goog title for MAA could be a book about The war against brigandage (1861-1870).

After the second War of Italian Unification, in south Italy raised a wide rebellion against the new Piedmontese government.
In a first phase, the defeat of the ruler of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, the Bourbon monarch Francis II, caused by volunteers army headed by Giuseppe Garibaldi (with the final support of the Piedmontese army), produced in a part of poor peasant populations the hope of a change in the social and economic condition.
But a land property reform wasn't a target for the italian government that was more oriented to support the bourgeoisie land owners. In that context some legislative acts like the sell of public and church lands subjected to common rights and harder conditions about army conscription pushed many peasants to banditry. Many former soldiers and loyalists of the Bourbon army joined the rebellion to fight against the Italian government. Also some criminals, already in activity during the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, joined the rebellion.

So started a long guerrilla warfare in the southern regions of Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Abruzzo.In particular the period between 1861 and 1865 was the scenario for a lot of skirmishs and small-scale battles between groups of rebels and the new italian army..

This is a part of the Italian Risorgimento least known and with several interesting aspects
Posted on: 02/01/2015 15:04:00

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Posted by: .George Washington
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Joined Date: Friday, 21 June 2013
Maybe so, but this has been covered in COM # 14 Garibaldi. Still interesting material none the less.
Posted on: 02/01/2015 17:19:00

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