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Why was the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia able to gain control over most of Italy 1859-1861?

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The major reason that Piedmont was able to do this was because it was led by Count Camillo Cavour.  Cavour’s intelligent policies allowed the kingdom to expand its power, thus starting the unification of Italy.

Cavour had three main strategies for taking control of most of what is now Italy.  First, Cavour used nationalist ideas to try to get more people in other Italian regions to identify with one another as Italians.  He...

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