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 id, an intensive learn of Italian colonial heritage and tradition has been lengthy past due. vital advancements, the expansion of postcolonial experiences and the debate surrounding immigration from Africa to the Italian peninsula, have made it transparent that the dialogue of Italy's colonial previous is vital to any figuring out of the historical past and building of the country. This assortment, the 1st to collect articles through 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 family and foreign perceptions of the Italian country. those participants supply compelling essays on decolonization, exoticism, fascist and liberal politics, anthropology, and historiography, let alone well known literature, feminist stories, cinema, and kid's literature. as the Italian colonial prior has had large repercussions, not just in Italy and within the former colonies but additionally in different international locations in some way concerned, students in lots of components will welcome this large and insightful landscape of Italian colonial tradition.
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We are now in the summer of 1999 and the monument is still towering in front of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. What is the reason for this failure? Is there anybody in Rome who might provide a believable answer? THE DISPUTE WITH LIBYA Ethiopia is not the only country with which Italy has an ongoing dispute. In the last ten years, Libya too has been putting pressure on the Italians to recognize its right to reparations of some sort. Italy certainly owes a great debt, both moral and material, to the Libyan people, who have suffered the same wrongs as the Ethiopians.
This mandate was of very little consolation to Italian politicians if one considers that Somalia was and still is one of the poorest and most backward countries of the world, and that the task of leading it toward self-government in such a short period of time appeared extremely arduous and risky. THE PURLOINED OBELISK The relationships between Italy and its former colonies in the postwar period were not always easy and straightforward. This is especially true of relations with Ethiopia and Libya, both of which claimed a right to ﬁnancial reparations because of the war damages they had suffered at Italian hands.
Also for this reason the turnover of the sole institute of local credit was about a quarter of the Eritrean one. Geographically, economically, and strategically more relevant were the two Mediterranean territories of Tripolitania and Cirenaica, later uniﬁed in the colony of Libya. Even here, as a result of the vastness of these desert territories and of the very limited colonial control that the Italians could brag about when the fascists took power, some ﬁgures in the yearbook are to be considered approximate.