© 2011

Mohamed Fekini and the Fight to Free Libya

  • Authors

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ruth Ben-Ghiat
    Pages 1-7
  3. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 9-17
  4. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 19-29
  5. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 31-36
  6. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 37-48
  7. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 49-59
  8. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 61-70
  9. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 71-81
  10. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 83-94
  11. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 95-107
  12. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 109-121
  13. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 123-132
  14. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 133-142
  15. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 143-158
  16. Angelo Del Boca
    Pages 159-170
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 171-210

About this book


This book provides a significant history of Italy's brutal occupation of Libya. Using the lens of the life of the iconic resistance fighter Mohamed Fekini, it tells the story of Libya under Ottoman and Italian rule from the point of view of the colonized.


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About the authors

ANGELO DEL BOCA is an Italian author and historian of Italian colonialism. He has written several books about the Italians in North Africa, and his book The Ethiopian War was published by the University of Chicago Press.

Bibliographic information


'Based extensively on Fekini's unpublished memoirs and letters, the book covers the two decades between the initial Italian landing at Tripoli in 1911 to Fekini's escape to exile in Tunisa in 1930 and death there in 1950. Recommended.' CHOICE

'Through the life of Mohamed Fekini, the distinguished scholar Angelo Del Boca tells the story of twentieth century Libya's trials under Ottoman and then Italian occupiers. We see the continuities of Italian colonial rule from liberalism to Fascism, but also the regime's own policies of mass violence that foreshadowed its strategies of mass repression during World War Two. Based on the diaries and letters of Mohamed Fekini, the book provides a corrective to histories of Italian colonialism told from the Western point of view. Mohamed Fekini and the Fight to Free Libya combines masterful historical reconstruction with the story of an individual life in a most skillful manner.' Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor, Departments of Italian Studies and History, New York University

"Read today, Del Boca's work forms the perfect intellectual backdrop to the 2011 Libyan uprising and its aftermath."

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