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2016 Programme

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

The second Italian War of independence is a replica of the first, eleven years later, on the very same stage – but with every other factor changed. Thanks to the web woven by Cavour, Piedmont has the French army – considered toe world’s strongest – at its side. Victor Immanuel II is not a more capable general than his father, though he believes so, but Napoleon III presents himself as the heir to his great namesake, and the world believes him. On the opposing front, old Radetzky has been replaced by a young emperor, Francis Joseph, a strong and loyal army of professional soldiers who speak ten different languages, including Italian, many rivers impeding the enemy’s progress, as well as the fortifications of the Quadrilateral to retreat into should things turn bad. Yet Francis Joseph has no intention of keeping on the defensive.  



Alessandro Barbero, historian and writer, is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Eastern Piedmont and Vercelli. He contributes to the programmes “Passato e presente” and “a.C.d.C.” aired on Rai Storia. Since 2023 he has been the star of the programme “In viaggio con Barbero”, on LA7. In the same year he started for Chora Media “Chiedilo a Barbero”, a podcast in which he answers questions on history sent in by listeners. Among his publications: “Le parole del papa” (2016), “Caporetto” (2017), “Dante” (2020), 2All' arme! All'arme. I priori fanno carne” (2023), published by Laterza; “Gli occhi di Venezia” (2011) and “Le Ateniesi” (2015), published by Mondadori; “Costantino il vincitore” (Salerno, 2016); “Il divano di Istanbul” (2011), “Alabama” (2021), “Poeta al comando” (2022) and “Brick for stone” (2023), published by Sellerio.

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