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Naples and Napoleon: Southern Italy and the European Revolutions, 1780-1860

John A. Davis

Abstract

This book takes the southern Italian Kingdom of the Two Sicilies as the vantage point for a reconsideration of Italy's history in the age of Napoleon and the European revolutions. The book's central themes are posed by the period of French rule from 1806 to 1815, when southern Italy was the Mediterranean frontier of Napoleon's continental empire. The tensions between Naples and Paris made this an important chapter in the history of that empire and revealed the deeper contradictions on which it was founded. But the brief interlude of Napoleonic rule later came to be seen as the critical moment ... More

Keywords: European revolutions, Italian history, southern Italy, Napoleonic rule, northern Italy, Unification, Ancien Régime, Italian states, Southern Problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207559
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207559.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Davis, author
Professor of History, University of Connecticut
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