This collection records the passionate speeches of Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) delivered to Italian troops between November 1917 and May 1918, to raise morale after the defeat of Caporetto. The book was printed on wrapping paper and this is the original edition edited by the Office of the Italian Under-Secretary for Printing.
D’Annunzio was an important member of the Decadent Movement, an artistic and literary body in Europe, and was decorated as a hero during World War One. At the end of the war he led the indignation of veterans about the Italian ‘mutilated victory’. This term was coined by D’Annunzio and was used to describe the post-war situation, where many people in Italy felt that peace negotiations in 1919 had been botched by Prime Minister Vittorio Orlando. The resentment of the government and the desire to strengthen Italian national identity may have helped prepare the way for the rise of fascism in the 1920s.