Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 December 2020

272 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781800348004

Bookseller Code (06)

Italy's Sea

Empire and Nation in the Mediterranean, 1895-1945

Valerie McGuire

Liverpool University Press

Transnational Italian Cultures LUP

  • Uses rare sources from a newly catalogued surveillance archive of the Italian Carabinieri
  • Provides an empirically rich and conceptually sophisticated analysis of one of Italy's lesser studied "colonies" (in reality a possession): the Dodecanese Islands
  • Effectively employs insights from postcolonial studies to examine the ambivalent space occupied by the Dodecanese in both the Italian imaginary and the juridical hierarchy of Italy's overseas empire
  • The work is impressive in its combination of archival research with the enquiry into various forms of transmission - literary reflection, newsreels, photography, travel writing
  • This is an important work in bringing together the link between liberal Italy, Fascism and expansionism. The work also carefully charts how in the praxis of the latter stages of Italian colonialism one can see how participation in the Nazi imperialist project would follow and therefore how the shadow of the Holocaust is present