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TitleGreat Britain and the Unifying of Italy [electronic resource] : A Special Relationship? / by O. J. Wright
ImprintLondon : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XI, 223 p. 4 illus. online resource


This book explores the interest of British leaders, diplomats and consuls in the unifying of Italy. It is the first study to provide a comprehensive narrative of British policy on Italian affairs between the formation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 and its consolidation as a new nation-state through the acquisitions of Venice in 1866 and Rome in 1870. Commencing with an investigation of the place of Italy within the context of mid-Victorian Britain’s global interests, the book investigates the origins of British sympathy for Italian nationalism during the 1850s, before charting the development of British foreign policy regarding Italy during its unification and consolidation. An emphasis is placed upon the tendency of British leaders and representatives to consider it their responsibility to guide the new Italy through its formative years, and upon their desire to draw Italy into a ‘special relationship’ with Britain as the dominant power within the Mediterranean


1. Introduction -- 2. The Place of Italy in Victorian Foreign Policy, 1851-61 -- 3. Watching Italy: The Liberal Triumvirate and the Fledgling Kingdom of Italy, 1861-62 -- 4. Shaping Italy: British Efforts to Restrain Italy, 1862-66 -- 5. Preserving Italy: The Conservatives and the Fragility of Italian Unity, 1866-68 -- 6. Consolidating Italy: Great Britain and the Culmination of the Risorgimento, 1868-70 -- 7. Conclusion

Great Britain-History Italy-History International relations World politics History Modern History of Britain and Ireland. History of Italy. International Relations. Political History. Modern History.


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