Mussolini's Greek Island: Fascism and the Italian Occupation of Syros in World War II

Mussolini's Greek Island: Fascism and the Italian Occupation of Syros in World War II

by Sheila Lecoeur

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Overview

A powerful and unique study of the realities and long-term impact of occupation, "Mussolini's Greek Island" reveals the Italian dictator's imperial vision, the mechanisms of Italian occupation and its tragic consequences. The small island of Syros is a vital entry-point illuminating Italian imperialism - its ethos, fascist connection, pretension and administrative achievements, marred by famine. Here Lecoeur examines the devastating effects of war and occupation on the local community - starvation, corruption and survival - and, drawing on local archives and interviews with survivors, offers new insight into this crucial but little known episode. Enriching our understanding of Mussolini's hegemonic visions and the mechanisms of occupation, a key issue of our times, this path-breaking book will appeal to scholars of fascism, World War II and military occupation in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845116705
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/30/2009
Series: International Library of War Studies
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sheila Lecoeur received her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London and is Coordinator of Italian in the Humanities Department at Imperial College London.

Table of Contents

* List of Illustrations
• List of Charts
• Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• Syros and the Greek State
• Political Objectives and Administrative Policy, 1941-42
• The Economic Impact of the 'Distacco'
• The Famine
• Public Assistance and Crisis Management
• Propaganda and the Control of Information
• The Occupiers: Soldiers' Lives
• The Social Impact of Occupation
• Conclusion
• Abbreviations
• Bibliography
• Index *

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