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Political Dissent and Social Unrest in Liberal Italy

  • John A. Davis
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Abstract

By the end of 1866 the Southern crisis had been contained and the political danger from the more extreme democrats was lessened by the acquisition of Venice, although another unsuccessful attempt to liberate Rome was made in the following year. In legislative terms at least the new state was consolidated in 1865 when parliament accepted with little modification the legal and administrative institutions that had been introduced during the regime of emergency powers in 1859.1 Yet Cavour’s hopes that independence and the creation of a strong united state would put an end to social tension and disorder had not been realised. The development of the new state took place in the following decades against the constant challenge of social unrest and new forms of political opposition, and it was against this background that the new order sought to establish itself.

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