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Who was the real father of the Italian nation Thesis It would be arduous to imagine statesmen other than Giuseppe Garibaldi and Count Camillio di Cavour as contributors to the Italian cause Garibaldi as a patriot democrat and freedom fighter was determined to create a single Italy and devoted his life to national liberation but only Cavour however knew how to make it possible Indeed as the historian Philips puts it Cavour kept the unification pure from any mutinous spirit did it away from barren utopias kept it clear of reckless conspiracies steered strait between revolt and reactions and gave it an organized force a flag a government and foreign allies In order to end Austrian domination of the Italian states Cavour had overseen a major step in the unification process when trying to gain international support at the Paris peace conference in 1856 Cavour was sure that without foreign assistance riding Italy of Austrian domination hence an important step in unifying Italy would be almost impossible In this he failed but he was successful in making important personal contacts especially with the French emperor Napoleon III Napoleon committed himself to the goal of securing an alliance with France in order to accomplish the expulsion of Austria from the peninsula Eric Wilmot 224 his scheme was for an Italian Confederation this was explicitly stated in a confidential memorandum to Victor Emmanuel explaining the contents of the secret Pact of Plombieres with Napoleon III in 1858Stephen Lee 76 Yet he was determined to rid of the peninsular Austrian influence and to allow Italians to determine their own fortunes He envisaged a modern and extended Piedmont at the head of the drive towards independence With these aims in mind he initiated the economic transformation of the state He would conclude trade treaties with France Britain Belgium and Austria and the merchant fleet was enlarged Wilmot 231 Cavour was realistic enough to consider French
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