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The unification of Italy very much depended on the leadership of three important figures The unification eventually was achieved through war and diplomatic alliances This is due to the shrewd thinking of the Piedmontese prime minister Camillo di Cavour and the military achievements of Giusseppe Garibaldi However the political themes of the Risorgimento which were independence liberty and unification was introduced in a trinity initiated by another leader Giusseppe Mazzini Giussepe Mazzini was a man who possessed impressive rhetoric However his actions were not as remarkable and inspiring as his words Mazzinis scheme and strategies were futile because it did not reach out to the masses of the population being the peasants and the urban plebs However through his continued though ineffective efforts Mazzini inspired optimistic students and artisans He aided in destabilizing the validity of Italian rulers and authenticating the process of unification He made known to the people why a unified Italy is desirable in contemporary and practical terms By introducing the idea of the trinity Mazzini showed that a unified Italy would provide freedom and democracy His powerful language was a tool that thrust Italy towards unification His form of leadership was the first stage to the unification as it was one where the idea of a unified Italy was implanted firmly into the peoples mind However just having the idea of a unified Italy is insufficient There must be an impetus that allows for this idea to be put into action This impetus came in the form of Camillo di Cavour Cavours aims were restricted to Piedmont as he modernized it economically and tried to make it the centre of the unification He realised that Italy could not go it alone as suggested by Mazzini Therefore he used diplomatic tactics to achieve the goal The Crimean War gave Cavour an opportunity to try to drive away the Austrians from Italian land In 1854 Piedmontese troops were sent to the
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