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IB History - Aspects of the history of Europe and the Middle East: ...and Italy 1815-90

A guide to resources which are particularly useful for Topic 1 of your IB History course


Articles and Chapters

Haddock, B. (1996) ‘Myth and Reality in the Risorgimento: The First Celebrity', History Today 57 p.28ff.

Bill Haddock detangles the Unification's competing narratives

Rathbone, M. (2008) ‘Piedmont in the 1850s’, History Review 62, p.28ff.

Mark Rathbone Asks Why the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia Emerged in the 1850s as the Likely Unifier of Italy

Riall, L. (2007) ‘Garibaldi: The First Celebrity', History Today 57 p.28ff.

The author of 'Invention of a Hero' explores the general's iconic status

Key Questions

Who was the greater cause of Italian unification - Cavour or Mazzini?

How did the Piedmont-Sardinia monarchy overcome Republican opposition?


Separatism, Republicanism and Foreign influences - what force did these factors have in promoting and preventing unification?


'Garibaldi's influence on the unification has been greatly overstated.' Discuss

What bearing did the political factors of the 1850s have on the unification movement?