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A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950$
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Sabina Donati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784511

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784511.001.0001

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Fascist Italy’s Colonized, Annexed and Occupied Territories

Fascist Italy’s Colonized, Annexed and Occupied Territories

Citizenship Policies and Native Populations in Mussolini’s Roman Empire

(p.183) Chapter Seven Fascist Italy’s Colonized, Annexed and Occupied Territories
A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950
Sabina Donati
Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes and discusses for the first time the still partially unknown citizenship policies concerning all the populations of Mediterranean Europe under fascist Italy and examines them together with the civic accommodation of the African natives, which, by contrast, has already attracted the attention of scholars of colonial studies. Focusing on the entire fascist Ventennium (1922-1943), the chapter first surveys the citizenship issues pertaining to the native populations living in Italy’s African colonies (i.e. Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Libya); it then moves on to outline those concerning the European territories (i.e. Aegean Islands, Albania as well as the lands that were occupied and annexed during the Second World War); and concludes with a full discussion on the citizenship discourses articulated in Mussolini’s comunità imperiale and touching upon the fascist “myth of Rome”, notions of race, concept of fascist civilization, and the historic paradigm of the maritime Republics.

Keywords:   Italian colonial subjecthood, Italian citizenship, fascist expansionism, “myth of Rome”, racial thinking, maritime Republics, Italian colonies, annexed territories, occupied territories, Second World War

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