Cause of the War of the Oaken Bucket in Italy
About the casuse of the war between Bologna and Modena, two states in Italy over an oaken bucket.
WAR: War of the Oaken Bucket
OPPONENTS: Independent State of Bologna v. State of Modena
PROVOCATION: Regiment of Modena soldiers invaded Bologna to steal a brown oak bucket. During the raid, Modena troops murdered several hundred Bologna citizens. Bologna mobilized, went to war to recover the bucket and restore honor.
RESULT: A 12-year war, with thousands of lives lost. Modena won the battle of Zappolino, kept the bucket. Today, the Secchia repita (stolen bucket) may be seen in the bell tower of the Ghirlandina, a 14th-century campanile behind the modern cathedral.
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