Venetian Elite Reactions to the Hundred Days: News Circulation and Political Commentaries
Having suffered several political discontinuities, Italian elites paid great attention to the Hundred Days. After eight years of Napoleonic rule, in 1814 the north-eastern part of the peninsula was occupied by Austrian troops while at the Congress of Vienna the diplomats decided the new configuration of Europe. Napoleon’s escape from Elba aroused different feelings: Some people feared another military invasion, others feared a resurrection of revolutionary principles. News circulation through newspapers as well as private letters, and discussion of them, allow us to reconstruct the attitude of the Venetian elite in this thrilling atmosphere.