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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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Napoleonic Italy

Napoleonic Italy

Empire Aborted

(p.231) 5 Napoleonic Italy
The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the empire of Napoleonic Italy, the state founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in Northern Italy. It explains Bonaparte's strategy of exploiting the nationalist sentiments that were breaking down local and communal identities in early nineteenth-century Europe and his promise that that progressive imperial rule would restore Italy to its former greatness. It discusses the similarity of Napoleonic Italy with other empires, the actions taken by rural Italians against Napoleonic centralization and direct state control which led to the quick defeat and collapse of Napoleon's grand European empire.

Keywords:   Napoleonic Italy, Napoleon Bonaparte, Northern Italy, imperial rule, direct state control, nationalist sentiments

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