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Count Cavour (1811-61)

Count Camillo Benso di Cavour was born in 1811 to a rich
noble family in Piedmont. His father was an intelligent
business man and was a minister in the government of Victor
Emmanuel I. When Cavour was ten, he was sent away to the
Royal Military Academy,…

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To help provoke Austria into war Cavour wrote an anti-Austrian speech for Victor Emmanuel
to give at the opening of Parliament in January 1859.
In April 1859 Austria demanded Piedmont demobilise her army as they could not afford
keeping their army at the ready for war. Cavour refused and Austria…


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