10 Facts About Savoy


County of Savoy was detached de jure from the Kingdom of Arles by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor in 1361.

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Straddling the Alps, Savoy lay within two competing spheres of influence, a French sphere and a North Italian one.

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Savoy was important to Spain because it served as a buffer between France and the Spanish held lands in Italy.

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In 1714, as a consequence of the War of the Spanish Succession, Savoy was technically subsumed into the Kingdom of Sicily, then the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1720.

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Savoy was occupied by French revolutionary forces between 1792 and 1815.

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Two-thirds of Savoy was restored to the Kingdom of Sardinia in the First Restoration of 1814 following Napoleon's abdication; approximately one-third of Savoy, including the two most important cities of Chambery and Annecy, remained in France.

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Victor Emmanuel's dynasty, the House of Savoy, retained its Italian lands of Piedmont and Liguria and became the ruling dynasty of Italy.

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In 1919, contrary to the annexation treaty, France officially ended the military neutrality of the parts of the country of Savoy that had originally been agreed to at the Congress of Vienna, and eliminated the free trade zone – both treaty articles having been broken unofficially in World War I France was condemned in 1932 by the international court for noncompliance with the measures of the Treaty of Turin regarding the provinces of Savoy and Nice.

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Savoy has begun to solemnize the feasts in 1960, commemorating the centenary of its incorporation to France.

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In 2004, Waiting for Freedom in Savoy was founded to promote the peaceful separatist cause to young people.

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