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The white war : life and death on the Italian front, 1915-1919

Author: Mark Thompson
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2009, ©2008.
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"In May 1915, Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire, hoping to seize its "lost" territories of Trieste and Tyrol. The result was one of the most hopeless and senseless wars of modern times. Nearly 700,000 Italians and perhaps half as many Austro-Hungarian troops were killed, with most of the deaths occurring on the bare, stony hills north of Trieste, and in the snows of the Dolomites. Outsiders who witnessed  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Thompson
ISBN: 9780571223336 0571223338 9780465013296 0465013295
OCLC Number: 246893895
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2008 by Faber and Faber Limited"--T.p. verso.
Awards: Shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2009.
Description: x, 454 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : " Italians! Go back!" --
A mania for expansion --
"We two alone" --
Free spirits --
Cadorna's clenched fist --
The solemn hour strikes --
A gift from heaven --
Walls of iron, clouds of fire --
Trento and Trieste! --
From position to attrition --
The dreaming barbarian --
Walking shapes of mud --
Year zero --
A necessary holocaust? --
The return blow --
Victory's peak --
Starlight from violence --
Whiteness --
Forging victory --
Not dying for the Fatherland --
The gospel of energy --
Into a cauldron --
Mystical sadism --
Another second of life --
The traitor of Carzano --
Caporetto : the flashing sword of vengeance --
Resurrection --
From victory to disaster --
End of the line --
Appendix : free from the Alps to the Adriatic.
Responsibility: Mark Thompson.

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