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Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

The three Italian Wars of Independence are variations on a shared geographical theme: what happens when an army sets off from North-western Italy and attempts to conquer the North-East? The River Po, which divides the Po Valley lengthwise, and its tributaries, have always conditioned the wars fought in this space, ever since Hannibal crossed the Alps and fought his first battle on the river Ticino. When spatial constraints prove so overbearing, few variants are possible: an army’s forces on the ground become decisive – as does the brilliance of their commanders, if available. In 1848, Charles Albert’s Piedmont had an army weaker than the Austrian opponent, and a scarcity of great generals, while the other side had one, Radetzky. And yet, the outcome was not so obvious.

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Barbero

Alessandro Barbero is a historian and a writer and a tenured professor of Medieval History at Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale e Vercelli. He writes for La Stampa and Tuttolibri. He is a contributor on the television program Superquark and the shows Il tempo e la storia and a.C.d.C., broadcast by Rai Storia. His publications include: Benedette guerre. Crociate e jihad («i Libri del Festival della Mente», 2009), Lepanto. La battaglia dei tre imperi («i Libri del Festival della Mente», 2010), Donne, madonne, mercanti e cavalieri. Sei storie medievali («i Libri del Festival della Mente», 2013), published by Laterza; Gli occhi di Venezia (Mondadori, 2011); Il divano di Istanbul (Sellerio, 2011); Dietro le quinte della Storia. La vita quotidiana attraverso il tempo, written with P. Angela (Rizzoli, 2012); Le Ateniesi (Mondadori, 2015); Costantino il vincitore (Salerno Editrice, 2016); Le parole del papa (2016) and Caporetto (2017), published by Laterza.

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