The Second War of Italian Unification 1859–61

The Second War of Italian Unification 1859–61

  • Author: Frederick C. Schneid
  • Publication Date: 6 Jun 2014
  • ISBN: 9781472810373
  • Format: eBook (ePub)
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The culmination of decades of nationalist aspiration and cynical Realpolitik, the Second War of Italian Unification saw Italy transformed from a patchwork of minor states dominated by the Habsburg Austrians into a unified kingdom under the Piedmontese House of Savoy. Unlike many existing accounts, which approach the events of 1859-61 from a predominantly French perspective, this study draws upon a huge breadth of sources to examine the conflict as a critical event in Italian history. A concise explanation of the origins of the war is followed by a wide-ranging survey of the forces deployed and the nature and course of the fighting - on land and at sea - and the consequences for those involved are investigated. This is a groundbreaking study of a conflict that was of critical significance not only for Italian history but also for the development of 19th-century warfare.

Biographical Note

Dr Frederick Schneid, Professor of History at North Carolina's High Point University, is an authority on 19th-century European military history; his particular areas of interest include the Napoleonic Wars and the Italian armies of that era. His book The War of the Risorgimento, 1859-1861 is due to be published in 2011. This is his first book for Osprey.

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