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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire, 1930-1970

Authors: Srivastava, Neelam

  • Examines Italian colonialism and its impact on the development of anti-colonial movements
  • Explores the deep ethical and political links between anti-fascism and anti-colonialism
  • Re-thinks the relationship between Marxism and postcolonial studies
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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. 

About the authors

Neelam Srivastava is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at Newcastle University, UK. She has co-edited Indian Literature and the World: Multi-lingualism, Translation and the Public Sphere (2017) and The Postcolonial Gramsci (2012), and has published widely on Italian colonial/postcolonial cultures and on South Asian literature. She is the author of Secularism in the Postcolonial Indian Novel (2007).  

Reviews

“This is a book we have been waiting for: a history of Italian colonialism and anti-colonialism presented through their relation to each other. Srivastava weaves a story of the complex relations between Italian colonialism, the nation-state and migration in the late 19th and early 20th century, showing how growing resistance to Italian colonialism operated within a global framework of radical transnational anti-imperialism that stretched from Harlem to Moscow. It was Italian colonial modernity that signalled the beginning of the end for Western colonialism, the efflorescence of its dying fall. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of modern empires and how they were made to fail.” (Robert J.C. Young, New York University, author of White Mythologies (1990), Colonial Desire (1995), and Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction, 2001)   

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Srivastava, Neelam

    Pages 1-13

  • Italian Anti-colonialism and the Ethiopian War

    Srivastava, Neelam

    Pages 15-63

  • “Ethiopia’s Cause Is Our Cause”: Black Internationalism and the Italian Invasion of Ethiopia

    Srivastava, Neelam

    Pages 65-99

  • Harlem’s Ethiopia: Literary Pan-Africanism and the Italian Invasion

    Srivastava, Neelam

    Pages 101-146

  • A Partisan Press: Sylvia Pankhurst, British Anti-colonialism and the Crisis of Empire

    Srivastava, Neelam

    Pages 147-193

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-46583-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire, 1930-1970
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46584-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46584-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46583-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 266
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