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Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World

Italy in the New International Order, 1917–1922

Editors: Varsori, Antonio, Zaccaria, Benedetto (Eds.)

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  • Explores the importance of Italy’s role in the international order after World War I
  • Brings new research to an English-speaking readership, drawing on archival research from Italy, France and the former Yugoslavia, and secondary research not accessible in English
  • Argues that Italy both established itself as a regional power and achieved its post-unification ambition to be perceived as a great power in Europe
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This edited collection offers the first systematic account in English of Italy’s international position from Caporetto – a major turning-point in Italy’s participation in the First World War – to the end of the liberal regime in Italy in 1922. It shows that after the ‘Great War’, not only did Italy establish itself as a regional power but also achieved its post-unification ambition to be recognised, at least from a formal viewpoint, as a great power. This subject is addressed through multiple perspectives, covering Italy’s relations and mutual perceptions vis-à-vis the Allies, the vanquished nations, and the ‘New Europe’. Fourteen contributions by leading historians reappraise Italy’s role in the construction of the post-war international order, drawing on extensive multi-archival and multi-national research, combining for the first time documents from American, Austrian, British, French, German, Italian, Russian and former Yugoslav archives.

About the authors

Antonio Varsori is Professor of History of International Relations at the University of Padova, Italy. He is also a member of the Commission for the Publication of Italian Diplomatic Documents at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among his most recent publications are Radioso Maggio. Come l’Italia entrò in guerra (2015), Storia internazionale. Dal 1919 a oggi (2nd edition, 2020) and, with Annalisa Urbano, Mogadiscio 1948. Un eccidio di italiani fra decolonizzazione e guerra fredda (2019).

Benedetto Zaccaria is currently a research grant holder at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. He specialises in the History of International Relations, with a focus on the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Among his publications are The EEC’s Yugoslav Policy in Cold War Europe, 1968-1980 (2016), La Strada per Osimo. Italia e Jugoslavia allo specchio (1965-1975) and, with Antonio Varsori (eds), Italy in the International System from Détente to the End of the Cold War: The Underrated Ally (2018).


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“This well-researched volume, covering the period between the disaster of Caporetto in 1917 until the fascist take-over in 1922, offers important insights into liberal Italy's international performance as it achieved recognition of its Great Power status.” (Alan Sharp, Emeritus Professor of International History, Ulster University, UK)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • How to Become a Great Power: Italy in the New International Order, 1917–1922

    Pages 1-16

    Varsori, Antonio

  • Lloyd George, Italy, and the Making of a New World Order, 1916–1922

    Pages 19-39

    Mulligan, William

  • Italy Through British Eyes, 1919–1920

    Pages 41-57

    Bentivoglio, Giulia

  • France and Italy in the Making of a New Central Europe, 1918–1922: Cooperation and Rivalry

    Pages 59-88

    Dessberg, Frédéric

  • Wilson’s Parallel Diplomacy: The American Red Cross and Italian Public Opinion, 1917–1919

    Pages 89-112

    Rossini, Daniela

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Italy in the New International Order, 1917–1922
Editors
  • Antonio Varsori
  • Benedetto Zaccaria
Series Title
Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50093-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50093-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50092-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 341
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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