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Venetia, as far as the Adige River, including the city of Venice, Istria and Dalmatia, were ceded by Napoleon to Austria in 1797 and confirmed as Austrian possessions at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. he siege of Venice in 1848 is one of history s most thrilling and tragic episodes. After half a century of Habsburg imperial rule, the Venetians drove out the occupying army and established their own republic. Led by the Jewish lawyer Daniele Manin, a man of immense courage and personal integrity, they embraced the lofty values of the Risorgimento, Italy s struggle for national unity, freedom and justice. When the Austrians returned with a massive army, intent on recapturing Venice, Manin rejected their surrender demands. The city braced itself for a siege lasting more than a year, ending only when bombardment, cholera and starvation made further resistance impossible. his epic story, in Jonathan Keates's gripping and meticulously-researched account, embraces the wider world of the revolutionary Italy of Garibaldi, Mazzini and Pope Pius IX, its battles, its dreams and its wild zigzags between hope and despair. Besides Manin and his fellow freedom-fighters, the exotic cast includes
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A detailed, vivid and passionate account of the glory and sacrifice of Venice in 1848. Illuminating, exciting and profoundly moving.

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Jonathan Keates is a prizewinning biographer and novelist, well known as a reviewer and as a writer on Italian culture and history. He teaches at the City of London School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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"Majestic... Tremendous" -- Jan Morris * New Statesman * "Enthralling... constantly gripping" * Sunday Telegraph * "A beautifully paced and meticulously detailed narrative... unlikely to be bettered" -- John Adamson * Literary Review * "Brilliant and profoundly researched" -- Edward Pearce * Herald * "A wonderfully vivid evocation of genuine heroism and pathos" * Times Literary Supplement *

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