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Italian Colonialism : Italian and Italian American Studies (Palgrave Paperback) - Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Italian Colonialism

Italian and Italian American Studies (Palgrave Paperback)

By: Ruth Ben-Ghiat (Editor), Mia Fuller (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2008
ISBN: 9780230606364
Number Of Pages: 266

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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.

"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

Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Chronologyp. xiv
Editors' Note on Transliterationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Conquestp. 13
Constructing Italian Africa: Geography and Geopoliticsp. 15
Italian Colonial Internmentp. 27
The Italian Air Force in the Ethiopian War (1935-1936)p. 37
Poison Gas and Atrocities in the Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1936)p. 47
Colonizationp. 57
State and Class Formation and Collaboration in Colonial Libyap. 59
The Early Years of the Agency for the Colonization of Cyrenaica (1932-1935)p. 73
Empire Building and Its Limitations: Ethiopia (1935-1941)p. 83
Practices and Ideologiesp. 95
Patrilinearity, Race, and Identity: The Upbringing of Italo-Eritreans during Italian Colonialismp. 97
The Ideology of Colonialism: Educational Policy and Praxis in Eritreap. 109
Mussolini, Libya, and the Sword of Islamp. 121
Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonization and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libyap. 131
Representationsp. 143
Pioneering Female Modernity: Fascist Women in Colonial Africap. 145
Public Space and Public Face: Italian Fascist Urban Planning at Tripoli's Colonial Trade Fairp. 155
The Architecture of Tourism in Italian Libya: The Creation of a Mediterranean Identityp. 167
The Italian Colonial Cinema: Agendas and Audiencesp. 179
Legaciesp. 193
The Obligations of Italy Toward Libyap. 195
Damages Caused by the Italian Fascist Colonization of Libyap. 203
Italian Memories/African Memories of Colonialismp. 209
Italians as "Good" Colonizers: Speaking Subalterns and the Politics of Memory in the Dodecanesep. 221
Madamismo and Beyond: The Construction of Eritrean Womenp. 233
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780230606364
ISBN-10: 0230606369
Series: Italian and Italian American Studies (Palgrave Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 1st September 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1