ITALIAN STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES SEMESTER 1, 2014
“UNA FACCIA, UNA RAZZA”: ITALY’S AEGEAN ISLANDS
DURING THE 1920'S AND 1930’S.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
In the interwar period, Rhodes and its neighbouring island were formal possessions of Italy. Under Mussolini’s dictatorship Rhodes had become a showcase of Italian modernity and Italianization. The paper considers the
impact of Italian modernity and assimilation from the perspectives of those who were targeted by these efforts. It reconsiders the ways in which subject peoples negotiated the symbols and practices of an empire that, on the one hand, represented “Europe’ and modernity, and which, on the other, posed a threat to Greek Orthodoxy and Greek ethnicity.
Nicholas Doumanis is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages, at the University of New South Wales. He is a European historian and writer of the Mediterranean world. He is the author of
Italy (Inventing the Nation) (OUP 2001) and Myth and Memory in the Mediterranean (1997) for which he was awarded the London Fraenkel Prize. His most recent publications include the books Before the Nation: Muslim-Christian Coexistence and its Destruction in Late Ottoman Anatolia (OUP 2013), A History of Greece (Palgrave 2010), and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Early Twentieth Century Europe.
4.15om, Thursday 29 May
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