The beauty and the sorrow of World War I - Analyzes the book of Peter Englund, based on a close reading of memoirs, diaries and letters of the 1914-18 War. The author emphasizes the global dimensions of the conflict, and the close relationship between the intimate stories of individuals and History, raising important reflections on the use of historical sources and the renewal of the historiography on the World War I.
Nazism and violence. The intellectuals in the SS War machine - This review analyzes the book of the French historian Christian Ingrao on a group of young intellectuals engagés in the Security Service (SD) of the SS. Ingrao reconstructs the biographical paths of eighty "intellectuals", from their education, the recruitment in the Nsdap structure, and, then, the involvement during the War, mainly after the invasion of the Soviet Union, in the extermination of Jews on the Eastern Front.
Keywords: Prima guerra mondiale, guerra totale, scritture private, diari e memorie, storia globale, microstoria - Nazismo, violenza, intellettuali, fronte orientale