Larger political units began to develop on the Italian peninsula after the Middle Ages, until then the home of city-states, republics, duchies, principalities, and so on.1 Several of these units were under the influence or direct rule of foreign powers for longer periods-Spain, Austria, and France in particular. After the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, the Congress of Vienna left the Italian territory fragmented and strengthened the foreign influence on the peninsula.2
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