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Italian Colonialism : Italian and Italian American Studies - Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Italian Colonialism

Italian and Italian American Studies

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

Hardcover Published: 11th July 2005
ISBN: 9780312236496
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.

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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

Conquest and Control
Constructing Italian Africa: Geography and Geopolitics
The Italian Air Force in the Ethiopian War
Poison Gas and Atrocities in the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-36
Italian Concentration Camps in the Colonies
Migration, Colonization, Class and State Formation
A Greater Italy: Migration and Colonialism in the Liberal Years
Italian Settlers in Libya: Newly Examined Archives
Italian Land Policies in Ethiopia
State and Class Formation in Colonized Libya
Practices of Rule
Italian Educational Policies in Colonial Eritrea
Miscegenation and the Construction of Racial Hierarchies in Colonial Eritrea
Mussolini, Libya, and the Sword of Islam
City Planning and Colonial Control: Italian Approaches
Cultural Representations and Consumption
Fascist Women in Colonial Africa
The Italian Colonial Cinema: Agendas and Audiences
The Architecture of Tourism in Italian Libya: The Creation of a Mediterranean Identity
Public Space and Public Face at Tripoli’s Colonial Trade Fair
The Italian Colonial Museum
Legacies of Empire
Colonialism and Oral Memory
Everyday Colonialism: Subaltern Life in Italy’s Aegean Possession
The Consequences of Italian Colonialism in Libya
Italian-Libyan Relations, from the Colonial Era to the Present
The Italian Colonial Period in Postcolonial Ethiopian Songs
Chronology of Italian Colonialism
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ISBN: 9780312236496
ISBN-10: 0312236492
Series: Italian and Italian American Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 11th July 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1