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Italian World War I Collection
MSS.2011.10.27  
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Series I: Italian Newspapers 1914-1922 (Bulk 1914-1919)

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Content

This series consists of various Italian newspapers that have been translated into English. This series includes newspaper articles documenting Benito Mussolini's departure from the Socialist Party in August of 1914, and refelct his belief that entering the war would help further Italy and the Socialist Party, as well as free the Italians in Austria-Hungry from the rule of the Hapsburgs. Other articles document the position of King Victor Emmanuel III, who initially favored neutrality. Nonetheless, Italy declared war in May of 1915, siding with the Allied forces that included France, Great Britian, Japan, and the United States. The bulk of this collection deals with the political atmosphere of Italy prior to and during World War I.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by alphabetically by newspaper title and by date.
 

Box 1:

 

Folder 1: L'Avvenire d'Italia 1915

 

Folders 2-11: Corriere della Sera 1914-1918

 

Folders 12-22: Giornale d'Italia 1914-1918

 

Box 2:

 

Folders 23-24: Gazetta Del Popolo 1914-1916

 

Folder 25: Il Lavoro 1915

 

Folder 26: La Stampa 1914-1915

 

Folder 27-28: La Tribuna 1914-1917

 

Folder 29: Miscellanous 1915-1922

 

Series II: Italian Senate 1914-1918

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Content

This series contains English transcriptions of the Italian Senate speeches from 1914-1918. The speech files represent the reaction from individual senator’s concerning Italian foreign policy and specifically debates over Austro-Hungarian aggression, neutrality, and the declaration of war in May of 1915. The bulk oh these speech files are in response to Atti degli Camera, who served as the Deputy Senator to Rome from 1914-1922. Italy declared war in May of 1915, siding with the Allied forces that included France, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
 

Box 1:

 

Folders 30-43: Camera Speeches 1914-1918

 

Folders 44-45: Senate 1914-1918