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Cultural Program: Virility, Blood, and Honor
Friday, September 13, 2024, 07:30pm

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Virility, Blood, and Honor:  Italy’s Belated Entry into WWI in 1915

Presented by: Steven C. Hughes, Professor Emeritus of History at Loyola University Maryland

Between August 1914 and May 1915 Italy was shaken to its core by a fight over whether to enter WWI on the side of the Allies or remain neutral.  Eventually, proponents of the war would  counter the anti-war sentiment of much of the populace and undercut the opposition of a substantial majority of the parliament, bringing Italy into the war on May 20th 1915.  This “Interventionist Crisis” is considered by many historians to be a defining moment in the failure of Italian democracy and the genesis of the fascist movement.  This talk will lay out the forces at play during the crisis and will focus on how tropes of masculinity, virility, and blood variously played their part in mobilizing large sectors of the middle classes to support an unpopular war.  

Free Event – Refreshments and social hour will follow.

LOCATION: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall
ADDRESS: 3549 Navajo Street, Denver Co 80211