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First World War centenary


 

 

 

 To mark the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, IRIAD will participate in the “Coordinamento AICI sulla prima Guerra Mondiale” and will present a series of academic and institutional activities to inform, above all youngsters, about the implications and consequences of the “Great War”.

 


a) Working group for schools


IRIAD has created a permanent working group for the preparation of teaching materials for school teachers and high-school students including audio-visual supports, in-depth analysis of various themes such as:

1) The great transformation: military industry and new technology for war (tanks, machine guns, warplanes, chemical weapons etc.);

2) Useless massacres: pacifism, neutralism, interventionism;

3) The Great War and the cinema: a review of films which exalt WW1 and a critical analysis;

4) Geopolitics of WW1: the causes of the conflict and its consequences on the European and Mediterranean scene,

5) The humanitarian impact: Analysis of the human, military and social costs, not only in relation to the deaths and wounded, but also the sequences of events  relating to conscientious objectors and those convicted by military tribunals.

The members of the working group are: Luigi Barbato, Maria Teresa Natali and Maurizio Simoncelli.

 


b) “The great sociology in the context of the Great War”


The IRIAD President, Prof. Fabrizio Battistelli, participates in the research “The great sociology in the context of the Great War”.

To mark the centenary, various sociologists from 12 Italian Universities have initiated a study group aimed at examining the attitude of European sociology towards the event of the First World War.

The first debate on this theme was held in Bologna on 6th Nov. 2014. As happened in every social or cultural environment at other epoch-making times, WW1 interrupted and disrupted the European academic community. This happened at a moment when social sciences were doing their utmost to innovate the knowledge of human behavior by applying “scientific methods”. Breaking all the long-held opinions, the war inspired a flood of sociological contributions which stretched form the most lucid analyses to taking extreme political stances, mainly nationalism and “love of one’s country”. The seminar, with the same name as that of the study group,  “The great sociology in the context of the Great War”, was organized by Prof. Constantino Cipolla from the University of Bologna and there were presentations by: Fabrizio Battistelli (Rome Sapienza/Instituto Archivio Disarmo), Nico Bortoletto (Teramo), Alessandro Fabbri (Bologna), M. Caterina Federici (Perugia), Raffaele Federici (Perugia), Donatella Simon (Torino), Alessandra Sannella (Cassino), Rosemary Serra (Trieste), Raimondo Strassoldi (Udine).

When the research is  completed, a book will be published which will be dedicated to the ways in which this important change of direction of twentieth century European culture, formed by intellectual thinkers of the status of Durkheim, Weber, Pareto etc., can be assessed given the paradoxical and extreme, but sociologically crucial, phenomenon of the Great War.

  


c) Publications on WW1 written by IRIAD researchers 


• Maurizio Simoncelli, La produzione militare navale ed aeronautica italiana attraverso le carte del fondo della Commissione Parlamentare d'Inchiesta sulle spese di guerra, pp. 461-507, in MAZZONIS, Filippo – CROCELLA, Carlo (a/c): L'inchiesta parlamentare sulle spese di guerra (1920-1923), Roma, Archivio Storico della Camera dei Deputati, 2002. 

  

• Fabrizio Battistelli (a cura), Esercito e società borghese. L’istituzione militare moderna nell’analisi  marxista, Savelli, Roma, 1976.

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