At the outbreak of war, Italian intellectuals, politicians and citizens were divided on two fronts: on the one hand the interventionists and on the other the neutralis. The motives of the two opinions were different. Interventionists expected that through the participation in the war Italy could accomplish the “Risorgimento” and finally become a great power. Their positions, diffused through mass demonstrations and supported by the press, finally prevailed.
In the futurist ideology war was intended as “only hygiene of the world” and exalted for its speed, strong sensations, the big boost to the industry development and its dynamism, basics principles for the movement and strongly presents in the arts associated with it.