Much, however, is effected towards unification, by compulsory military service, it being the principle that no man shall serve within the military district to which he belongs.
As might be expected, progress has been most rapid wherever education, at the moment of national unification, was most widely diffused.
The Italian army grew o~it of the old Piedmontese army with which in the main the unification of Italy was brought about.
This unification meant for the army the absorption of contingents from all parts of Italy and presenting serious differences in physical and moral aptitudes, political opinions and education.
Prefixed to this are two sections dealing respectively with (A) the ethnographical and philological divisions of ancient Italy, and (B) the unification of the country under Augustus, the growth of the road system and so forth.
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