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The White War

Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919
Autor: Mark Thompson
Sprecher: Gerard Doyle
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The Western Front dominates our memories of the First World War. Yet a million and half men died in northeast Italy in a war that need never have happened, when Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire in May 1915. Led by General Luigi Cadorna, the most ruthless of all the Great War commanders, waves of Italian conscripts were sent charging up the limestone hills north of Trieste to be massacred by troops fighting to save their homelands.

This is a great, tragic military history of a war that gave birth to fascism. Mussolini fought in those trenches, but so did many of the greatest modernist writers in Italian, German, and English: Ungaretti, Gadda, Musil, Hemingway. It is through these accounts that Mark Thompson, with great skill and empathy, brings to life this forgotten conflict.

©2009 Mark Thompson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"[A] study as pioneering as it is brilliant.... Drawing on an impressive array of British, Italian, and Austrian sources, including fascinating interviews with survivors, Thompson re-creates the Italo-Austrian conflict in all its facets.... The White War is the work of a bright young historian proving his mettle." ( The Weekly Standard)
"Thompson's book is beautifully written, and he skillfully interweaves vivid accounts of military progress with telling vignettes about the more extraordinary figures caught up in the fighting." ( Independent)

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A fascinating read

The author of this book seems to have understood that there may never again be such a comprehensive study of the Italian front of the war and made a point to make it as thorough as possible. And it shows.

This book doesn't just cover the military history and its personalities. It paints a detailed picture of the societies of both Italy and Austria-Hungary before the war and the way the war would shape them during its course.

The book therefore also doubles as a detailed study of what circumstances allow the rise of fascism as a consequence of Italy’s pre-war society and the political forces which pushed it in that direction during the war.

I cannot recommend this enough for anyone interested in the Great War.