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When Franz Joseph I died prematurely because of his assassination in 1855 the Austria-Hungarian Empire fell apart leaving the Grand Duchy of Milan, which was formerly part of the Austrian territory, free and uncontrolled. Milan set up the Grand Duchy a few years after the collapse of the Austrian Empire.


Milan established the Grand Duchy in 1858 with its first grand-duke, Isidoro. Isidoro represented the peasants of Milan. He was born as an Italian instead of an Austrian or French and to the people of Milan he represented a small unification. He represented a sense of nationalism to Italians in the Italian Peninsula.

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