I completed my MA in Contemporary History at the University of Trieste in 2006 and achieved my Ph.D. in Historical Studies at the University of Trento in 2010. Later, I have been Research Collaborator at the University of Trento and Visiting Researcher, among others, at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich, the King's College in London and the University of Vienna. Recently, I have been a Research Collaborator at the University of Siena within the project "The German exploitation of Italian resources during the occupation and its direct and indirect victims." I also cooperated with the Historical Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Trento as historical advisor and I have been teaching "Digital History" as an associate in Trento from 2013 to 2016.
My main interest is the transition between war and peace and, more specifically, how war experience shaped the political development in a country. I spent the first years of my academic life working on the German WWI veterans' organizations and their role in the politics of the Weimar Republic. I was particularly interested in the right-wing nationalist groups and their relations with National-Socialism, as well as the spread of corporatist ideas throughout Europe. I co-edited with Anders Kjøstvedt (Oslo) a book collecting essays on this topic: New Political Ideas in the Aftermath of the Great War, edited by Palgrave MacMillan.
I have been also interested in the minorities in multinational armies, specifically researching the Italian-speaking component of the Austro-Hungarian army. In particular I was interested in the process of "nationalization" of the soldiers during and after the conflict.
I participated to two different projects on the German occupation of Europe in World War II. While I was mostly involved in the collection and edition of sources from the German archives, I started a research on the daily life under German occupation in Italy, dealing with the issues of supplies, black market and interactions between occupied, occupants and local collaborators.
During the Great War Centennial I dedicated myself to public history projects. One that might be interesting, despite my contribution to it, is the Digital Calendar of World War I by the University of Trento.
My current research is on the German occupation of Italy during World War II. I am especially interested in the interactions between population and occupants and the conflicts of authorities between… read more
ALESSANDRO SALVADOR, 2020. I limiti della legalità nell’amministrazione dell’Italia occupata. Requisizioni, abusi economici e conseguenze sulla popolazione civile tra il 1943 e il 1944. In: NICOLA LABANCA, ed., Il Nervo della Guerra: Rapporti delle Militaerkommandanturen e sottrazione nazista di risorse dall’Italia occupata (1943-1944) 1. Unicopli. 155-180
ALESSANDRO SALVADOR, 2019. Nationalism, the Politics of Memory and Revisionism: German World War I Veterans and their Transnational Relations. In: MAURIZIO GIANGIULIO, ELENA FRANCHI and GIORGIA PROIETTI, eds., Commemorating War and War Dead. Ancient and Modern. Steiner Verlag.
ALESSANDRO SALVADOR, 2019. Italian-Japanese Relations during the Crisis of Fascist Italy, 1943 - 45.. In: JAROSLAW SUCHOPLES, STEPHANIE JAMES and BARBARA TÖRNQUIST-PLEWA, eds., World War II Re-explored.: Some New Millennium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict. Peter Lang Verlag.
ALESSANDRO SALVADOR and JACOPO CALUSSI, 2019. German occupation of Italy, 1943 - 45: conflicting authorities and contrasting strategies in the management of resources and supplies.. In: RAFFAEL SCHECK, FABIEN THÉOFILAKIS and JULIA TORRIE, eds., German-occupied Europe in the Second World War Routledge.
My current research is on the German occupation of Italy during World War II. I am especially interested in the interactions between population and occupants and the conflicts of authorities between Germans and Italians, specifically concerning economic matters and the exploitation of resources. I recently published an article on this topic and other two are on the way. Currently I am working on a paper about the role of the Italian military intelligence in the surveillance of civilians towards the end of World War II.