A Classical Tout Through Italy Volume 2

A Classical Tout Through Italy Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...who retained it, with a few intervals of incidental and temporary incursions, till the French revolutionary invasion. _ I have elsewhere observed that the Austrian government is in general mild and benevolent, and that the provinces under its control enjoy a fair proportion of ease and prosperity. This observation is peculiarly applicable to the Milanese, the natural fer tility of which, if the cultivators be not checked by despotic regulations, and partial taxation, supplies in abundance all the comforts of life, and all that can stimulate and recompense industry. Hence, under the Austrian sway, it exhibited, like the Netherlands, a scene of population, riches, and felicity, seldom equalled even in free countries, and alike delightful to the eye, and to the heart of the humane traveller. The emperor Joseph; with good intentions but bad policy, first disturbed the tranquillity of both these happy provinces, in attempting to introduce innovations, most of which, whether in their own nature useful or not, were unquestionably unpopular. The fermentation excited by these illadvised measures, was scarcely appeased by the prudence of Leopold, Joseplt/8 successor, when the French revolution burst forth like a volcano, and disgorged its burning torrent over all the neigh bouring territories. How long the effects of this infernal ebullition may be felt, or how far its ravages may extend, it is difficult to de-termine. Suflice it to say, that both the'Milanese and the Nether. lands fell within its range, and have experienced the full effects of its fury. The latter, plundered of its riches, and its constitution, and deprived of half its population, shares with France, her name, her misery, and her infamy. The former erected into the capital...
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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236762649
  • 9781236762641