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 learn of Italian colonial historical past 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 prior is vital to any knowing of the historical past and building of the country. This assortment, the 1st to collect articles through 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 was once invoked as a limb of a proudly resuscitated Imperial Rome. in the course of the Fascist period, imperialistic politics have been the most important in shaping either household and foreign perceptions of the Italian state. those participants provide compelling essays on decolonization, exoticism, fascist and liberal politics, anthropology, and historiography, let alone renowned literature, feminist reviews, cinema, and kid's literature. as the Italian colonial previous has had large repercussions, not just in Italy and within the former colonies but additionally in different nations indirectly concerned, students in lots of components will welcome this large and insightful landscape of Italian colonial tradition.
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The PSI not only offered its political support to an increasingly discredited dictatorship for a decade, but it also engineered the transfer of huge amounts of aid to Somalia (more than 2,000 billion lira) through the Fondo 32 angelo del boca Aiuti Italiani, presided over by Francesco Forte. In few cases did this aid beneﬁt the extremely poor Somali population. Instead, the money gave life to white elephant projects such as desert cathedrals or ended up reinforcing the oppressive regime of Siad Barre.
The harmful consequences of this attitude have been reinforced by the politics that arose in relation to the archives, particularly in relation to the preparation of the “ofﬁcial” Opera dell’Italia in Africa. Even in the most rigorously documented volumes of the series there was not a single scholar occupied with the fascist period. In general, in other works a laudatory tone was prevalent, with frequent examples of the deliberate repression of the most scabrous aspects of colonialism and of the fascist regime in particular.
According to agreements already concluded between Meles Zenawi and the leader of the Eritrean resistance, Isaias Afeworki, Eritrea could choose through a referendum sponsored by the United Nations between independence and federation with Ethiopia. 21 Eritrea was exhausted by this war, with 80,000 casualties, 90,000 invalids, and 50,000 orphans at its conclusion. In addition, 500,000 refugees were camping in neighboring Sudan; entire cities, such as Massawa and Nafka, were destroyed; and the annual grain deﬁcit was more than 300,000 tons.