Franco-Sardinian Alliance

Italian Unification

Europe 1859.0124

Franco-Sardinian Alliance

Italian Unification (24 January 1859)

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By the late 1850s, the cause of Italian unification was drawing widespread support from intellectuals and radicals across Europe. After narrowly surviving an assassination attempt by one such group, Napoleon III of France decided he would secretly back the Kingdom of Sardinia in an attempt to unite northern Italy (in return for territorial concessions, of course).

Main Events

Indian Mutiny

Prussia renounces sovereignty over Swiss Canton of Neuchatel

Felice Orsini leads Italian nationalists in an attempt to assassinate Napoleon III in Paris

Treaty of alliance between France and Sardinia

Moldavia and Wallachia united to create the United Principalities

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