Roberto Martucci

Cavour and the «Italian bet»

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Keywords: Political Strategy, Covert Military Operation, Unification of Italy.

Camillo Cavour caused Massimo d'Azeglio's resignation as President of the Council. Cavour took the place of d'Azeglio (November 4 1852) with two specific purposes: to take the Kingdom of Sardinia out from Novara defeat's shadow cone (1849); to transform the Kingdom of Sardinia into a great State. Underestimating the sources (Cavour's Corrispondence, Durando's Diary, La Cecilia's Memories, La Farina's Epistolary), historiography traditionally presented Italian Unification as a direct consequence of the so called. «Expedition of the Thousand» (1860). On the contrary, since 1854-1855 (Crimean War), Cavour thought of Savoy's peninsular expansionism with the disappearance of the other Italian Independent States. Garibaldi's military operation was a «covered» operation, in accord with Giuseppe La Farina, Cavour's main collaborator.

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