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What if… Garibaldi had failed?

The lesson for today's Italy is "get out fast"

By John Hooper   February 2015

Had Garibaldi failed, he wouldn't be immortalised in dinner memorabilia today. © Eugene La Pia

On 21st May 1860, Times readers opened their papers to grim news: Giuseppe Garibaldi’s madcap expedition to conquer Sicily with barely 1,000 men had ended in tragedy. A Reuters dispatch from Naples, the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies which also encompassed the southern mainland, said the Mille (Thousand), as they came to be known, “had been attacked at…

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