This book clearly explains the resorgimento and movement for Italian unification. There are a small number of primary sources at the end of the book which allow you to read first hand accounts of the fight for unity. There is some in depth analysis of the period up to the European Revolutions of 1848/49, however, it is post 1849 that the book contains the most information. Throughout the book there are reminders about the cause and consequences of each of the events that led to unification. The period before 1848 is covered, although this is concise and if you are studying this period in depth further material would be required. This also applies to the chapter about the Revolutions of 1848/49, whilst the book places events on a clear timeline the detail is limited. The chapters are broken into clearly identifiable sections which are very useful for essay writing. The style of the book is very easy to get into and it reads for pleasure rather than as a history text book. I have read this book whilst 'reading' round for my AS Level History, this and Lucy Riall's 'Italian Risorgimento' are excellant introductions to the topic and cover some areas in sufficient depth, whilst providing a platform to read more specialised in depth books-especially about 1848. I would recommend this book, but it really needs greater information about the earlier activities of the resorgimento along with more on its socio-economic make up to be five star.