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Memories and Silences Haunted by Fascism

Italian Colonialism MCMXXX-MCMLX

Daniela Baratieri

Fascist and colonial legacies have been determinant in shaping how Italian colonialism has been narrated in Italy till the late 1960s. This book deals with the complex problem of public memory and discursive amnesia.
The detailed research that underpins this book makes it no longer possible to claim that after 1945 there was an absolute and traumatic silence concerning Italy’s colonial occupation of North and East Africa. However, the abiding public use of this history confirms the existence of an extremely selective and codified memory of that past.
The author shows that colonial discourse persisted in historiography, newspapers, newsreels and film. Popular culture appears intertwined with political and economic interests and the power inscribed in elite and scientific knowledge. While readdressing the often mistaken historical time line that ignores that actual Italian colonial ties did not end with the fall of Fascism, but in 1960 with Somalia becoming independent, this book suggests that a new post Fascist Italian identity was the crucial issue in reappraisals of a national colonial past.

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345 Index Abruzzo64 AbunaMessias258259,312 AbunaPetròs153 Abyssinia51,86,91,101,107,112,133, 140,142,155,199,217,259 AcademicHistoricalAccounts1721 AccaddeadElAlamein268 ActionParty53,169 Adamson,GeorgeandJoy188 AddisAbaba17,23,85,102,125,127, 142144, 153, 155157, 160, 170, 215,221,224,229,246,285,295 296,313,317,325,329,331,337, 343, Adelfi,Nicola169,176 AdiCajeh152 Adowa 17, 19, 84, 90, 143, 156157, 285,296,327 Aduaelecompagne102,157,313 Advertising 57, 6162, 70, 242, 285, 338 Aesthetics110111,117,120,131,135, 142, 155, 199, 210211, 221222, 256,277,304305 Afgoi110 Africa addio 28, 9697, 180181, 184 187,230,234244,250,253,315 Africaama9798,315 AfricanudaAfricaviolenta97,315 Africasegreta97,315 AfricaSexy97,315 African malady (Mal d’Africa) 8182, 89, 97, 111112, 196, 229, 313, 315 Africanwomen85,106,109,114,120, 127,129130,142,184,250,308 AfricanAmericans95 Africanness94 AgenziaNazionaleStampAssociate54 AgipMiningofLagos222 Agnelli,Giovanni48,52 Airoli,Aldo166 AissaelAcquac162 Ajello,Nello 45, 51, 5455, 6061, 69 70,139,147,176,317 Akkad,Moustapha296,316 Aklilou,HabteWold127 AlAziziva288 Albania88,189 Albodeigiornalisti49,56 Alessandrini,Goffredo 198, 258, 312, 313, Algeria28,180,222223,227,232236, 244252,254,297,334,338 Alì la Pointe (Alì Ammar) 245246, 248,251 Alidar,Mohamed208 Alienation15 AlliedPublicationBoard(APB)54 Allies4041,5253,5556,172173,179, 217,257258 AmbaAlagi81,153,159160,313 Amedisti192193 Amhara150,154 Amicucci,Ermano55 Amin,Samir226 Amministrazione Fiduciaria Italiana della Somalia (AFIS) 204205, 207,209 AncientRome85,344 Andall,Jacqueline22,146,286,317 Anderson,Benedict317 Anderson,David187,317 Andreotti,Giulio264 Angola241 Annabella45 Anniversaries (commemoration) 27, 123,131,137,140145,155,158, 199 Ansa59 346...

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