HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 1, 2010 – Dr. Frederick Schneid, professor of history at High Point University and recipient of the 2009 Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award, recently presented “Historical Problems and National Myths: The Second War of Italian Unification, 1859-1861.”
Schneid’s lecture examined the problems with the historical narrative of Italian unification and the Franco-Piedmontese War with Austria.
“The common historical narratives written outside of Italy focus on the role of France, but little effort is made to discuss the role of Italians in their struggle against Austria,” Schneid explains. “The complexities of 19th century international relations precluded an open and honest account of the premeditated military planning between the Italian kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and the Second French Empire. This omission perpetuated an incomplete historical narrative of events from 1859 to the present.”
Schneid, who has been at HPU since 1994, is recognized as a leading expert on the Napoleonic Era and military history.
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