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 examine of Italian colonial background and tradition has been lengthy late. 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 key to any realizing of the historical past and building of the kingdom. This assortment, the 1st to assemble articles through the most-respected students in Italian colonial reviews, highlights the ways that colonial discourse has pervaded Italian tradition from the post-unification interval to the current. in the course of the Risorgimento, Africa was once invoked as a limb of a proudly resuscitated Imperial Rome. through the Fascist period, imperialistic politics have been an important in shaping either family and overseas perceptions of the Italian country. 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 prior has had large repercussions, not just in Italy and within the former colonies but additionally in different nations ultimately concerned, students in lots of components will welcome this wide and insightful landscape of Italian colonial tradition.
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12 In November 1996, the president of the Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, intervened to break down the last resistance within Farnesina and to mollify Rome’s mayor, Rutelli. Greeting the head of the Ethiopian state, Negasso Gidada, who was ending his visit in Italy, Scalfaro assured him that the obelisk would return to Ethiopia, and as soon as possible. 15 In the two brief speeches he delivered on November 24, Scalfaro fully satisﬁed the expectations of those who had been hoping for so long that Italy would atone for its colonial faults.
On the contrary, this war has spread and become crueler since February 1999. In addition, the Italian government does not have what is necessary to bring back peace to the Horn of Africa. It should not be forgotten that in 1996 Italy sold ﬁve Aermacchi MB-339 combat planes to Eritrea. And those who sell weapons cannot expect them not to be used. SOMALIA: HALF A CENTURY OF FAILURES Still defaulting with Ethiopia and Libya, and half-generous with Eritrea, Italians have been prodigiously supportive of Somalia.
But Figure 1. 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.
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