Italian Colonialism

Paperback | September 2, 2008

EditorRuth Ben-Ghiat

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Italian Colonialism is a pioneering anthology of texts by scholars from seven countries who represent the best of classical and newer approaches to the study of Italian imperial endeavors in Africa. Essays on the political, economic, and military aspects of Italian colonialism are featured alongside works that reflect the insights of anthropology, race and gender studies, film, architecture, and oral and cultural history. The volume includes many essays by Italian and African scholars that have never been translated into English. It is a unique resource that offers students and scholars a comprehensive view of the field.

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Italian Colonialism is a pioneering anthology of texts by scholars from seven countries who represent the best of classical and newer approaches to the study of Italian imperial endeavors in Africa. Essays on the political, economic, and military aspects of Italian colonialism are featured alongside works that reflect the insights of a...

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. Her publications include Fascist Modernities: Italy 1922-45. Mia Fuller is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.66 inPublished:September 2, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606369

ISBN - 13:9780230606364

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Part I: Conquest * Constructing Italian Africa: Geography and Geopolitics--David Atkinson * Italian Colonial Internment--Nicola Labanca * The Italian Air Force in the Ethiopian War, 1935-36--Giorgio Rochat * Poison Gas and Atrocities in the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-36--Alberto Sbacchi * Part II: Colonization * State and Class Formation and Collaboration in Colonial Libya--Ali Abdullatif Ahmida * The Early Years of the Agency for the Colonization of Cyrenaica, 1932-35--Federico Cresti * Empire Building and Its Limitations: Ethiopia, 1935-41--Haile Larebo * Part III: Practices and Ideologies * Partilinearity, Race, and Identity: The Upbringing of Italo-Eritreans during Italian Colonialism--Giulia Barrera * The Ideology of Colonialism: Educational Policy and Praxis in Eritrea--Tekeste Negash * Mussolini, Libya, and the Sword of Islam--John L. Wright * Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonization and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya--Mia Fuller * Part IV: Representations * Pioneering Female Modernity: Fascist Women in Colonial Africa--Cristina Lombardi-Diop * Public Space and Public Face: Italian Fascist Urban Planning at Tripoli's Colonial Trade Fair--Krystyna von Henneberg * The Architecture of Tourism in Italian Libya: The Creation of a Mediterranean Identity--Brian McLaren * The Italian Colonial Cinema: Agendas and Audiences--Ruth Ben-Ghiat * Part V: Legacies * The Obligations of Italy Toward Libya--Angelo Del Boca * Damages Caused by the Italian Fascist Colonization of Libya--Muhammad Jerary * Italian Memories/African Memories of Colonialism--Irma Taddia * Italians as "Good" Colonizers: Speaking Subalterns and the Politics of Memory in the Dodecanese--Nicholas Doumanis * Madamismo and Beyond: The Construction of Eritrean Women--Ruth Iyob

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"Though twentieth century Italy was its own way as aggressively ambitious and imperialist as France or Britain, the Italian colonial experience is practically unknown to English speakers. This book brings to life the sad paradoxes of Italy's self-styled proletarian imperialism. Here, readers will find fresh documentation on the desert concentration camps where colonial conquerors interned hundreds of thousands of Libyan nomads, new details about the tons of poison gas bombs dropped to subdue Ethiopia in 1935, vivid treatment of the New Rome's plans to renew Tripoli and build model settlements in Somalia, and sharp analysis of the colonial films created to celebrate the Italian Empire. The most telling episode, perhaps, is the pathetic fate of the unemployed colonizers of this mean-spirited imperialism on the cheap, by the eve of World War II reduced to begging food from the very people they had conquered. Gathering the expertise of fully twenty African, Italian, and American specialists, Ben-Ghiat and Fuller's volume gives us an all-embracing history of Italy's unedifying quest for its 'place in the sun.'"--Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University, author, Irresistible Empire: America's Advance through Twentieth Century Europe"Italian Colonialism offers a fascinating introduction to a subject that has for too long been ignored. Detailing episodes ranging from quasi-genocidal practices in north Africa to the wide use of chemical warfare in East Africa, it reveals a part of Italy's history that Italians today are happy to forget. At the same time it goes beyond ideological bromides to offer a more complex view of the colonial encounter. Through highly readable chapters by many of the major scholars in the field, the book puts both Italian history and the history of European colonialism in a new light."--David Kertzer, Paul Dupee Professor of Social Sciences, Brown University