chapter  6
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The War of 1859: Its Preparations and Consequences

THE TREATY WITH FRANCE At the close of 1858 Cavour was thinking of the creation of an Italy dominated by an enlarged Piedmont, but not of a single united Italy. He warned Villamarina on 25 November 1858:

If anyone talks to you either seriously or jokingly about the reconstitution of Italy, you must be bold and maintain that this can be solidly established only if Piedmont rests her head on the Alps and her feet on Ancona.1