‘In the Eye of the Storm’: Law and Order in Napoleonic Italy

  • Michael Broers


The hopes for placing French rule on firm foundations began with the most basic responsibilities the modern state has assigned to itself: the protection of persons and property. In the context of the conditions prevalent the length and breadth of the départements réunis, this meant, in part, the new masters cleaning up the mess they had created during the triennio in even greater part, it meant confronting and solving the growing problems of social control inherited from the old order. This was something the French state was particularly well equipped to do, in the light of its own experiences.


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