«To set Italy Ablaze!». Special Operations Executive e i reclutamenti di agenti tra Enemy Aliens e Prisoners of War italiani (Regno Unito, Stati Uniti e Canada)

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] "To set Italy Ablaze!". Special Operations Executive and the recruitment of agents between Italian Enemy Aliens and Prisoners of War (United Kingdom, United States and Canada)

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Abstract

The documents of the Special Operations Executive (soe) give us a picture of british recruitment policy and are also a crucial source to analyse british perceptions of Italians, immigrants and prisoners alike, during wwii. Italians’ limited response to british proposals to act as special agents in soe subversive activities is certainly due to a number of reasons: the modest appeal of the democratic ideal among Italians; the (presumed) high degree of consent for Mussolini’s regime or the Monarchy; a strong sense of national identity. but it is more complex and multifaceted than this. The reasons why enemy aliens and prisoners of War did not cooperate to overthrow the regime often were due to personal and psychological motivations which had nothing to do with «politics» as we usually understand it.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] "To set Italy Ablaze!". Special Operations Executive and the recruitment of agents between Italian Enemy Aliens and Prisoners of War (United Kingdom, United States and Canada)
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)5-25
Number of pages21
JournalALTREITALIE
Volume40
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Antifascismo
  • Emigrazione Antifascista
  • Seconda Guerra Mondiale
  • Special Operations Executive

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