In May 1915, Italy entered the First World War on the side of the Western Allies, breaking their treaty obligations to Germany and Austria-Hungary in a bid to expand their territory to the "natural divide" of the High Alps. The fighting that happened over the next three years took place in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable, from sealevel limestone caves along the Adriatic to altitudes of up to 10,000 feet. Some time ago I discovered that my grandfather was one of a handful of American soldiers who were deployed to this front in the closing days of the war, and became interested in the social aspects of the conflict. It caused the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Communist Revolution in central Europe, and led to the rise of Fascism in Italy and the expansion of modernity into every aspect of Italian life and culture. Last October, my wife Heather and I took a trip to sections of the line and to some of the cities most directly affected by the war and the aftermath. Heather and I will be showing pictures, both our own and historical ones, and I'll be giving a talk on our trip and the broader dimensions of the era at the Windham Textile and History Museum.
To support the museum and these ongoing lycee talks, we suggest for a donation of $10.00, $5.00 for students. All money will go to the museum.