By Patrizia Palumbo, Angelo del Boca, Giulia Barrera, Barbara Sòrgoni, Nicola Labanca, Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Lucia Re, Giorgio Bertellini, Cecilia Boggio, Karen Pinkus, Cinzia Sartini-Blum, Robin Pickering-Iazzi
Given the centrality of Africa to Italy's nationwide identification, an intensive research of Italian colonial heritage and tradition has been lengthy past due. very important advancements, the expansion of postcolonial stories and the talk surrounding immigration from Africa to the Italian peninsula, have made it transparent that the dialogue of Italy's colonial prior is key to any knowing of the background and building of the country. This assortment, the 1st to assemble articles by way of the most-respected students in Italian colonial reports, highlights the ways that colonial discourse has pervaded Italian tradition from the post-unification interval to the current. through the Risorgimento, Africa used to be invoked as a limb of a proudly resuscitated Imperial Rome. throughout the Fascist period, imperialistic politics have been the most important in shaping either household and foreign perceptions of the Italian country. those individuals supply compelling essays on decolonization, exoticism, fascist and liberal politics, anthropology, and historiography, let alone well known literature, feminist reviews, cinema, and kid's literature. as the Italian colonial earlier has had large repercussions, not just in Italy and within the former colonies but additionally in different international locations indirectly concerned, students in lots of components will welcome this vast and insightful landscape of Italian colonial tradition.
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25, 1995. On Italy’s participation in the mission in Somalia see, Del Boca, Una sconﬁtta dell’intelligenza: Italia e Somalia (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 1993); Del Boca, La trappola Somala: Dall’operazione Restore Hope al fallimento delle Nazioni Unite (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 1994); Mario Sica, Operazione Somalia (Venezia: Marsilio, 1994); Claudio Paciﬁco, Somalia: Ricordi di un mal d’Africa italiano (Città di Castello: Edimond, 1996). 36 angelo del boca 26. La Repubblica, Dec. 23, 1993. 27. On the tortures practiced in Somalia, see Mario Todeschini Lalli, “Somali torturati dagli italiani: Le foto choc di un ex-para,” La Repubblica, June 6, 1997; Massimo Martinelli, “Prodi: l’Italia non tollera le torture,” Il Messaggero, June 7, 1997; Giuliano Gallo, “Torture in Somalia, si rompe l’omertà,” Corriere della Sera, June 8, 1997; Flavia Amabile, “Somalia, la caduta dei generali,” La Stampa, June 25, 1997; Renato Rizzo, “Scalfaro: Punire gli atti inumani,” La Stampa, June 29, 1997; Riccardo Luna, “Somalia: I servizi segreti sapevano,” La Repubblica, June 26, 1997; Giovanni Porzio, “Somalia: Gli italiani torturavano i prigionieri, ecco le prove,” Panorama, June 12, 1997.
3 But if it is difﬁcult to understand the ﬁrst African war or the Libyan enterprise in isolation from the more general European “scramble for Africa,” it is almost impossible to single out the peculiar, the novel, and even the dramatic aspects of fascist colonialism by abstracting it from the experience of global imperialism between the two wars. The other critical observations about Italian historical-colonial studies, such as their limitation to a narrow historical and diplomatic setting and their failure to examine cultural and ideological issues adequately, appear not so much as secondary but as a consequence of this national closure.
When compensation was ﬁnally meted out, it was so unsatisfactory that Tripoli has not accepted Italy’s apologies, and Addis Ababa is still awaiting the restitution of the Axum obelisk as speciﬁed in article 37 of the Treaty of Paris. Even Eritrea was a victim of this myopic and spiteful politics. This nation was guilty of not having invoked the return of Italy as a sovereign power immediately after the end of World War II. With the abolition of the Ministry of Italian Africa and the succession of a new generation of leaders, the colonialist lobby’s inﬂuence has begun to wane, without, however, disappearing completely.
A Place in the Sun: Africa in Italian Colonial Culture from Post-Unification to the Present by Patrizia Palumbo, Angelo del Boca, Giulia Barrera, Barbara Sòrgoni, Nicola Labanca, Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Lucia Re, Giorgio Bertellini, Cecilia Boggio, Karen Pinkus, Cinzia Sartini-Blum, Robin Pickering-Iazzi