Ethiopia Under Mussolini: Fascism and the Colonial Experience

Sbacchi, Alberto

Published by Zed Books Ltd. 1989, 1985
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xxvi, 262 pp. Laminated pictorial boards. Maps. One corner bent. Darkening to page edges. VG 8vo. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This account of Mussolini’s maneuvers in the 1930s to take over Africa’s oldest independent state, and the invasion and colonial occupation by Italy that followed, paints a portrait of the particularly brutal forms taken by European colonial rule when the occupying power was itself not only racist but a fascist and militarist state as well. The graphic details the author provides results from his intensive examination of the Italian colonial archives.

In the author’s words, "raids, theft, rape, and abuse by the colonial troops against defenseless peasants...were daily routine," as were hut burnings and deportations of the population. Yet the third of a million Italian troops deployed failed to hold down the people. Economically backward itself, Italy could afford neither to staff its colonial administration nor to develop Ethiopia’s economy; and its officials were divided, corrupt, demoralized and incompetent.

The author also shows how Emperor Haile Selassie and his aristocracy failed the people—leaving the task of continued armed resistance to the Ethiopian Patriots who launched their own rebellion as soon as the Italian Empire was proclaimed.

About the Author: Alberto Sbacchi is professor of history at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Legacy of Bitterness: Ethiopia and Fascist Italy, 1935-1941 (RSP, 1997).

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Title: Ethiopia Under Mussolini: Fascism and the ...
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd. 1989
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Hardback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Second Impression.

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