PERU OPENS DEBATE ON THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN EMIGRATION

(VELINO) Roma, 5 Dec - A debate will soon be opened in Peru onthe history of Italian emigration in a lecture entitled "WorldWar I: Historical Aspects of Italian emigration in Peru", whichwill be held by Professor Giovanni Bonfiglio of the Universityof Lima in the Pier Paolo Pasolini Auditorium on Dec. 9. Theinitiative is organised by the Italian Culture Institute inPeru. At the outbreak of World War I, many Italian emigrantsresiding in Peru decided to go fight in the war. One of thesewrote a diary that was recently published in Italy. The diary

(VELINO) Roma, 5 Dec - A debate will soon be opened in Peru onthe history of Italian emigration in a lecture entitled "WorldWar I: Historical Aspects of Italian emigration in Peru", whichwill be held by Professor Giovanni Bonfiglio of the Universityof Lima in the Pier Paolo Pasolini Auditorium on Dec. 9. Theinitiative is organised by the Italian Culture Institute inPeru. At the outbreak of World War I, many Italian emigrantsresiding in Peru decided to go fight in the war. One of thesewrote a diary that was recently published in Italy. The diaryclarifies some aspects of the war and of the behaviour ofemigrants and will be the basis for Prof. Bonfiglio'spresentation of the core elements of the emigrants' attitudetowards war and the changes that followed it. Prof. Bonfigliois the author of the "Historical-biographical Who's Who ofItalians in Peru". Moreover, he often focused on the issue ofItalian emigration in several lectures, including one on thepeople who went on exile to Lima, and more generally to Peru,after the Italian Risorgimento. The Unification of Italy gaveway to a relevant migratory flow that headed to Peru and toother Latin American countries. The prevailing ideology amongour fellow-countrymen was Risorgimento-inspired nationalism,which was heightened by the fact that many of the Ligurianemigrants were exiled after they fought in the war ofindependence. vel.