Explanatory Narratives: Brigandage

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Rich archival material shows that local civic leaders and French officials arrived at different understandings of the causes for the events. Examining in parallel the threads that wove these two narratives of causality sheds light on the train of thought of French officials who selected, from the available evidence, the building blocks of the official theory of causality. The goal of the public narrative was to validate French imperial intentions for the area and the French presence in Italy more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWar, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages30
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameWar, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
ISSN (Print)2634-6699
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6702


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