The ‘Great War’ in Il Plata: Italian Immigrants in Buenos Aires and Montevideo During the First World War

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This paper examines the actions of Italian immigrants in Buenos Aires and Montevideo to support Italy’s mobilisation during the First World War. It focuses on immigrant institutions that participated in activities including military recruitment and welfare collections to assist the Italian side. It also investigates ways Italian immigrants collaborated across the Río de la Plata to mobilise war-related resources. Through its analysis, this article narrows in on a neglected period of time in Italian immigration historiography and uncovers ways events in Italy might have affected immigrant behaviours. It explores the degree of integration that existed between these two communities and within a transnational immigrant network built around ‘Italian’ notions of belonging. More broadly, this paper illustrates the value of scholarly focus on periods of crisis in immigrant homelands. The study of such periods helps advance understandings of social relations within immigrant communities and the transnational networks in which immigrants are situated.

The ‘Great War’ in Il Plata: Italian Immigrants in Buenos Aires and Montevideo During the First World War

in Journal of Migration History

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    ‘Italian reservists lodged at the ex-“Italian Hospital”’ Giornale d’Italia, 18 June 1915

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    ‘La Folla’ (The Crowd) seeing off the Mafalda La patria degli italiani, 30 May 1915

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    ‘While the Regina Elena sets sail’ Giornale d’Italia, 31 May 1915

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    ‘The enthusiasm of our recalled [soldiers]’ La patria degli italiani, 3 July 1915

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    ‘Group of gracious saleswomen during the ‘Event’ of October 1915 Gli Italiani nel Sud America ed il loro contribuito alla gerra 1915–1918, p. 200

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    ‘Win or Die! From Caporetto to the Revenge of the Piave’ Pro Patria (Montevideo), 11 August 1918

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    Programme of the Serata a beneficio della Croce Rossa Italiana e famiglie richiamati 11 November 1916, Teatro Urquiza, Montevideo

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    Instructions for how to make a scaldarancio Bollettino Ufficiale (Comitato Italiano di Guerra), January 1916, p. 2

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    Giornale d’Italia, 15 January 1918

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    Gli Italiani nel Sud America ed il loro contribuito alla gerra 1915–1918, p. 208

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    ‘Reception of the Luciani Mission in Montevideo’ Gli Italiani nel Sud America ed il loro contribuito alla gerra 1915–1918, p. 51

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