The Piedmontese tried to present this campaign of conquest as a liberation.
In fact, as Gilmour notes, many more Lombards fought against the Piedmontese (and for the Austrians) than with them.
Nobody suffered more from the Piedmontese conquest than the Italians of the South.
Piedmontese attempts to recruit soldiers elsewhere in Italy miserably failed.
Italians came, Piedmontese sent by the trustees to teach the coveted silk-culture.
They proved to be Piedmontese, forty-six in number, sent to occupy the pass.
The Piedmontese statesman knew when to march onwards and when to halt.
Don't trust a Piedmontese; that's the first commandment here.
But if, flushed with conquest, the Piedmontese press on to greater successes?
The Piedmontese once over the Ticino, how can you act in opposition to it?