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The propaganda of death: Italy's Fascist ossuaries of the First World War

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The seminar will explore how Italy’s fascist regime exploited the deaths of thousands who fell in the Great War. Whereas, initially, soldiers who died fighting were buried in makeshift cemeteries close to the battlefields, in the 1920-30s, their remains were disinterred and reburied within large ossuaries. Located along the former front in north-eastern Italy, the vast scale and monumentality of the Fascist ossuaries means that they are quite unlike other comparable European memorials. By imposing a narrative that spoke of victory, they helped to silence discordant memories of the Great War as pointless slaughter, and to bolster support for nationalism, militarism and imperialism.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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