Sicily: The Insecure Base : a History of the British Occupation of Sicily, 1806-1815

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1988 - History - 184 pages
During the wars against Napoleon, Britain occupied Sicily continuously from 1806 to 1815. By tracing the history of the British occupation and British relations with the court at Palermo, this account reveals why the promise held out by Sicily as a useful base for offensive operations was never realized.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Getting a Foothold
15
Sicily as the British Found It in 1806
35
Problems of Defense in the Early Years of Occupation
45
The Court William Drummond and the British
58
Threats of Invasion and Counterinvasion
71
Growing Impatience with the Court at Palermo
79
Lord William Bentinck and British Intervention Stage
88
Lord William Bentinck and British Intervention Stage
104
Speculation on the Future of Sicily and Naples
121
The Denouement
129
The Economic Implications of the British
137
Notes
147
Bibliography
165
Index
171
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