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Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire, 1930-1970

  • Neelam Srivastava

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

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Introduction

This book provides an innovative cultural history of Italian colonialism and its impact on twentieth-century ideas of empire and anti-colonialism. In October 1935, Mussoliniʼs army attacked Ethiopia, defying the League of Nations and other European imperial powers. The book explores the widespread political and literary responses to the invasion, highlighting how Pan-Africanism drew its sustenance from opposition to Italy’s late empire-building, and reading the work of George Padmore, Claude McKay, and CLR James alongside the feminist and socialist anti-colonial campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst’s broadsheet, New Times and Ethiopia News. Extending into the postwar period, the book examines the fertile connections between anti-colonialism and anti-fascism in Italian literature and art, tracing the emergence of a “resistance aesthetics” in works such as The Battle of Algiers and Giovanni Pirelli’s harrowing books of testimony about Algeria’s war of independence, both inspired by Frantz Fanon. This book will interest readers passionate about postcolonial studies, the history of Italian imperialism, Pan-Africanism, print cultures, and Italian postwar culture. 

Keywords

colonialism empire Europe history Imperialism Italy resistance

Authors and affiliations

  • Neelam Srivastava
    • 1
  1. 1.School of English Literature, Language and LinguisticsNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-46584-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-46583-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-46584-9
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