Why Italy Entered into the Great War

Why Italy Entered into the Great War

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Why Italy Entered into the Great War

Why Italy Entered into the Great War

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Soon after Victor Emanuel III declared war upon Francis Joseph, May 23, 1915, I was frequently plied with questions by thoughtful Americans as to why Italy had entered into the great European conflict. These questions always carried with them a note of affection and regret that

The beautiful country Traversed by the Apennines, bounded by the Alps, and bathed by the sea,

should be imperiled, and it also proves that up to the above date nothing which has been published regarding this extraordinary event has been sufficient to give to the greater part of the American public an exact or even an approximate explanation of the causes which determined the intervention of Italy into the butchery which has been terrorizing and ruining the world.

I therefore believe it to be my duty to set forth in detail, as succinctly as possible and in a volume (for this cannot be done by word of mouth, in a simple newspaper article, or in a pamphlet), the causes for this much discussed intervention. I shall attempt to tell this not in justification nor condemnation of the Monarchical Government of Savoy, for this is not the time for rédde ratiónem, but to reply exhaustively to the questions which have been asked me; and above all to vindicate truth and justice, which have been outraged by the charges wrongfully made (pardon my frankness) by many American friends that a people so honest, so proud, and so generous as the Italians have been guilty of infamous treachery in declaring void the treaty of the Triple Alliance and consequently deserting the side of Austria and Germany, and have rushed wildly into a war . . .

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