A Place in the Sun: Africa in Italian Colonial Culture from by Patrizia Palumbo, Angelo del Boca, Giulia Barrera, Barbara

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 historical past and tradition has been lengthy late. very important advancements, the expansion of postcolonial reports and the debate surrounding immigration from Africa to the Italian peninsula, have made it transparent that the dialogue of Italy's colonial earlier is vital to any figuring out of the heritage and development of the state. This assortment, the 1st to assemble articles via the most-respected students in Italian colonial stories, 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. through the Fascist period, imperialistic politics have been the most important in shaping either family and foreign perceptions of the Italian country. those participants provide compelling essays on decolonization, exoticism, fascist and liberal politics, anthropology, and historiography, let alone well known literature, feminist reports, cinema, and kid's literature. as the Italian colonial prior has had large repercussions, not just in Italy and within the former colonies but in addition in different international locations indirectly concerned, students in lots of parts will welcome this wide and insightful landscape of Italian colonial tradition.

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One hundred thousand tragic stories occurred between 1911 and 1943. They illustrate the calvary of a people who have been, without any justifiable reason, attacked, subdued, humiliated, and, in some regions, decimated. After the inception of the Italian-Turkish war, in which the Turkish participated as allies of the Ottomans, the expeditionary force led by General Carlo Caneva distinguished itself by its ruthlessness. It responded to the Arab rebellion of Sciara Sciat with thousands of summary executions and massive deportations.

Inauguration of the Axum obelisk in Rome, 1937. Courtesy of Archivio Fotografico Istituto Luce, Roma. 24 angelo del boca Scammacca’s mission aroused substantial criticism among the Italian right wing. ” 8 The mayor of Rome, Rutelli, who feared that the limestone stele would shatter during the journey back to Ethiopia, expressed reservations. ” 9 The process again came to a halt. Meanwhile in Ethiopia, where celebrations of the centennial of the Adwa victory over the Italians were about to begin, the new procrastination provoked sullenness and protests, so much so that on February 15, 1996, the Ethiopian parliament passed a resolution by which the restitution of the obelisk was asked for once again.

18, 1995. 9. Andrea di Robilant, “Roma ‘sequestra’ l’obelisco,” La Stampa, Dec. 12, 1996. 10. Minister Mesfin had written a first letter on Nov. 24, 1995. 11. The petition, signed in the first three weeks of June 1996 by more than thirteen thousand inhabitants of Axum for the immediate return of their obelisk, is now in Rome. 12. The interrogations were presented on May 15 and 16, 1996. 13. Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata, Roma, Mar. 4, 1997. 14. ” 15. Del Boca, “L’Italia chiede scusa alle ex-colonie,” Corriere della Sera, Nov.

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