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Using all these Sources and your own knowledge, how far do you agree that Piedmont developed into major European power by 1859?

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´╗┐Using all these Sources and your own knowledge, how far do you agree that Piedmont developed into major European power by 1859? Source A and D agree that Piedmont was economically strong and agree with the statement that Piedmont was a major and important European power by 1859; as by the 1850?s were an important period of political and economic development and change in Piedmont as it gained a reputation of a modernised state. However it could be argued that Piedmont wasn?t a major European power by 1859 as Source B and C disagree with the statement as they believe that Piedmont wasn?t military and politically strong enough as they didn?t have any foreign alliances to be able to gain support and provoke a war with Austria. One side of the argument is that Piedmont was independent and politically efficient as Piedmont was chosen as a leading role in political unity rather than any other states in Italy, which shows that Piedmont was considered a major power at the time as they all relied on Piedmont?s political and social development after 1848. Source D agree that Piedmont was an independent region ? Piedmont?s experiment in free government based on the Statuto was crucial to the Italian state? ...read more.


Source A shows that Piedmont had high economy standards and shows that Piedmont had developed into a major European power as it shows the modernisation achieved in Piedmont between 1848 and 1859. ?Value of imports raised up from 130 million lire in 1848 to 320 million lire in 1859?. This shows the big improvements that Piedmont had over the years, which must take into account as it shows that Piedmont is an independent strong state and should be taken into consideration. Likewise Source D supports Source A ?Domestic policies were directed towards strengthening Piedmont?s economic, business, and financial life? this shows that Piedmont was well industrialised and economically strong. We must take into account the provenance of the sources, Source D was written in 1970, by Edgar Holt ? a modern historian comments on the advances made within Piedmont from 1848 to 1859? this shows that the author was well informed of historical context and he must have considered other researches, which is more reliable. Source A was published and from ?a compilation from various contemporary sources? this means that this Source have been compared and viewed from more than one person which have more opinions; which it has high validity and reliability, however we could say that the Source must have been selected on purpose to make Piedmont look powerful and a great power. ...read more.


Overall having analysed the sources, Piedmont was an independent state and had grown politically and economically, as both sources A and D suggest that Piedmont did develop into a major power by 1859 as Italy has grown Politically as it was the only state that retained the Statuto, also the grown of Piedmont economic system made them growing into a major power as they got noticed. Their economy also increased rapidly by 1849 and became a more modern state. This sources also are supported by the fact that Italy was unified under Piedmontese leadership. However we could argue that Piedmont did not develop into a major power by 1849 as Source C and A cannot agree on how strong the Piedmontese army was as source C is trying to justify himself and is emotionally involved, and Source A has more knowledge about events that happened during that time as the source was written in 1970 and has historical context. Source A and D are the most useful sources about finding out about Piedmont as both sources had different other sources to come into a conclusion about Piedmont?s economy and state, which both sources agree with each content, they also both highlight the fact that Piedmont had developed into a major power politically and economically by 1859 ...read more.

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