The General Staff of the Italian Army, the Institute of Political Studies “S. Pio V” and the Guido Carli Luiss University are organizing an international study meeting on “Neutral Italy 1914-1915” that will take place in Rome in December 2014. The meeting will be divided into three panels: political, military and international relations. The aim of the meeting is a critical review of the period of Italian neutrality to restore it to its rightful place in the history of the First World War, and an examination of the various aspects characterizing Italy from the declaration of neutrality to intervention in the War. The main themes on which to focus in proposing papers are:
- The Italian political system, with particular reference to institutional leaders, parliamentary and political forces, currents of opinion, the press, and pressure from associations;
- The situation of the Italian armed forces on the eve of conflict, military preparation, industrial mobilization, the Army and public opinion;
- Italian neutrality and the weight of its military intervention within the system of alliances and in the opinion of the main powers at war.
These theme topics should be treated in all their complexity, avoiding excessive specialization in the papers.
Those interested in attending the meeting, please send paper proposals of no more than 300 words, with a short biography, to the following e-mail addresses by 30 June 2014: firstname.lastname@example.org
Italian, English and French are the languages of the meeting.
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