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Legacy of Bitterness: Ethiopia and Fascist Italy, 1935-1941


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In-depth historical study with ongoing implications. From the back cover:

"Italy's colonial ambitions in Ethiopia and the gallant resistance of the Ethiopians led to a global segmentation of world opinion. The legacy of bitterness in Italo-Ethiopian relations to which the title refers stems from the fat that the Italians, besides using poison gas during the invasion of Ethiopia, contiued to commit atrocities against the colonial people during their five-year presence in Ethiopia. In the anti-colonial resistance of the Ethiopians to Fascist rule, moreover, the Ethiopian nobility was conspicuously absent, focused as it was on its own self-preservation. In spite of a lack of leadership and coordination, however, the Ethiopian patriots delayed Italian demographic colonization and drained the Italian economy by keeping Ethiopia in a state of continuous warfare. The emergent Black nationalism of that period capitalized on the precarious internal situation of Ethiopia to win world public opinion and support in preventing the recognition of the Italian Empire. Italy's atrocities, including the use of the banned poison gas, posed a dilemma that had to be addressed by the Western powers. The international community, for political reasons and military considerations — primarily the containment/appeasement of Nazi Germany — proceeded to eliminate the economic sanctions against Italy which hand been imposed by the League of Nations and, after two years of debate, acknowledged the (illegal) acquisition of Ethiopia by Italy. Thus was Ethiopia sacrificed for the security of Europe."

Alberto Sbacchi was Professor of History at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts, and one of the world's leading experts on the Italian Empire and Italy's involvement in Ethiopia.
The Red Sea Press, 1997.

Product Code: 9780932415745

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