chapter  III
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THAT these two islands1 could not fail to belong to Rome from an early period would be readily admitted, especially in Italy, since, like Sicily, they are the natural complement of that country. Yet the three islands have not shared a common destiny in modern times: Sardinia and Sicily were not reunited until 1860, after centuries of separation, and Corsica alone has felt the attraction of the North, for the first time under the French Carolingians.