"The Unification of Italy" provides a brief but thorough summary of the process by which the many Italian states of the first half of the nineteenth century had by 1870 become one country, with Rome as its capital city and the Pope a virtual prisoner in the Vatican. Every step in the story is explained, and it becomes increasingly clear that this was not the triumph of heroic nationalism, as myth-makers have claimed, but a remarkable example of how a small nation, Piedmont, contrived to harness great power rivalry and modern developments to its advantage.
George Harris writes these lectures with the ambitious examination candidate in mind, who wants something more than the basic text books but who lacks the time to read a full length monograph. This makes them ideal for revision. They are also ideal for adults who gave up History at school but who now want to refresh their knowledge.
They are also about the right length to while away the time spent commuting to school or to work.