Wednesday 3 April at 21.00 pm: "Has Italy always been unprepared for war?"


The Ethiopian War of 1935 represented a moment of strong popular consensus in Italy and exceptional national cohesion, despite international sanctions. Personalities such as Guglielmo Marconi openly expressed their support, while the conflict was used to promote social initiatives such as the abolition of slavery in Ethiopia (although this narrative has since been disputed).

The propaganda and alleged lies surrounding the conflict are still a matter of debate among historians. The use of advanced weaponry and the intervention of the air force demonstrate complex dynamics of power and influence. Health campaigns against endemic diseases also played a crucial role, re-evaluating the importance of military medicine.

How did we present ourselves militarily in that conflict?

How many so-called friends were behind the enemies?

Can we draw parallels between now and then, starting from the ongoing global crisis?

Wednesday 3th April at 21.00pm, with the journalist and essayist Alberto Alpozzi, we will try to understand whether Italy was really unprepared or whether this perception derives from a complex network of opposing narratives, today also self-versus-propaganda.