The Hanging of Wilhelm Oberdank - Alfred AlexanderLondon Magazine Edition, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Top edges of text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Wilhelm Oberdank, a deserter from the Austrian army, was arrested and hanged in 1882 at the age of 24 for terrorist activities conducted on behalf of the Irredenta, a movement whose aim was to restore to Italy her ‘natural and geographical’ territories. The case proved to be of great importance for the relations between Austria and Italy, and for Italy entering the First World War on the side of the Allies in 1915. In Italy there is hardly a town without its street or square named after Oberdank, yet there is scarcely a reference to him in English books on the period. In this meticulously researched study, Alfred Alexander redresses the balance. He describes Oberdank’s family background, his childhood in Trieste, his brief army service and lonely exile in Italy after his desertion. The second part of the book consists of a detailed account of Oberdank’s trial and sentencing, based on court transcripts, letters and political documents never before translated.”