chapter  3
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Cavour’s Economic and Political Philosophy

He thought of industrialism as being irrevocably linked to liberalism. While there may have been a naive element in this conviction, it was considerably less naive than the belief of the Piedmontese ruling class before 1848 that industrialization, as a revolutionary feature in economic terms must inevitably lead to revolution in political terms. The absurd belief that gas lighting or the railway was politically dangerous was only too common in the first half of the nineteenth century. In one sense Cavour accepted the argument, but only in the conviction that that particular kind of revolution was one which he would welcome.