To die for the country? The commemoration of Italian casualties in Afghanistan

Author/s Monica Quirico
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/99 Language Italian
Pages 20 P. 113-132 File size 157 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2016-099006
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Looks into the process by which, in the age of peacekeeping and international security operations, a political and cultural meaning is given to military deaths occurring during missions abroad. The focus is on the commemoration of Italian military casualties in Afghanistan from 2001 onwards. Has the «human rights and peace» rhetoric been enough in order to legitimize their deaths or have more nation-oriented arguments been put forward in public debate?

Keywords: War, Peacekeeping, Nation, Democracy, Army

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Monica Quirico, Morire per la patria? La commemorazione dei caduti italiani in Afghanistan in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 99/2016, pp 113-132, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2016-099006