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Piedmont starting to come `outside
of the box'
Charles Albert had Piedmont were the only
indicated, by going to independent state of Italy
war with Austria in and had retained its
1848, that Piedmont `statuto' which would be a
key part to its
would play an
development. It was quite
important role in the liberal and so most
Italian unification not revolutionaries were
necessarily a positive drawn to Piedmont. It
one as their aim was to became the centre for
expand Northern Italy. nationalist and liberal
thought.…read more

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What significant events allowed for the political
and economic development of Piedmont
Guiseppe Siccardi brought in a series of laws that reined
in the power of the Church- they were passed without
consulting it.
Separate law courts were abolished
Criminals could no longer seek protection from the
Church
The right to buy property was limited to religious groups,
including monasteries
No. of feast days reduced
It demonstrated the determination to modernise and to
assert the dominance of the state over the Church-
strong government.…read more

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Key Events continued...
Count Camillo Cavour was assigned as Minister of
Trade and Agriculture (1850) and then PM by
Massimo D'Azeglio (1852) quite enthusiastic
He was an ambitious politician and a major
figurehead for Italy in the process of unification
Responsible for economic development in that he
formed links with other countries in trading and the
way he moved Piedmont forward technologically
with building of railways, canals and several
industries of silk, wool and cotton-textiles!
Also Minister of Finance in 1851…read more

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Furthermore...
Cavour encouraged the growth of Piedmont
and this meant the state gained a reputation
for stability and was seen to be a potential
natural leader in the peninsula
The `connubio' ­ agreement between Urbanio
Ratazzi and Cavour that created a precedent
for managing parliamentary affairs through
bribery, corruption and tactical alliances- gains
control on things. The shared anti-clericalism
could perhaps diminish Church power then
also Austrian dominance.…read more

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Conclusion
This development in Piedmont highlighted the
industrial progression with other states and in
turn had economic benefits. However, with the
massive debt of 725 million lire it could be
suggested that this change was also negative.
But, politically, Cavour a dedicated, powerful
leader, Piedmont was positively changed for
the better. Also, there was realisation that Italy
becoming united could be made possible by
Piedmont's involvement with the many new
systems brought in there.…read more

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