By N. Doumanis
This ebook examines the connection among coloniser and colonised one of the Italian-held Dodecanese Islands among 1912 and 1943, and relies on an oral heritage undertaking carried out among 1990 and 1995. Italian energy is defined as having been negotiated, resisted and transformed through locals, who renowned many points of Italian rule with no in accordance the regime any legitimacy. This ethnographic historical past demanding situations regular perspectives on Italian colonialism and Greek nationalism, and displays on modern questions relating to ancient reminiscence, political tradition and social identification.
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To a significant degree, these five phases of the occupation served to underpin popular memory. While this overview is essentially a history of the Italian Occupation 'from above', it will serve to contextualise the rest of this study, which details the history of the below', Italian Occupation as seen 'from below'. 'TEMPORARY' RULE 1912-24 Between 1912 and 1920, the islands were governed by a military administration, with General Ameglio as the first governor. 9 Ameglio AmegHo had established the character of this administration from the outset, promising to allow local institutions, traditions and 1o The millet system customs to continue to operate undisturbed.
To implement modernisation and cultural assimilation policies, the regime itself had to be quite modem. modern. Mere possession of empire was not enough to uphold the esteemed international status which Italy sought. After all, the Ottomans had a large empire. empire, but the Sultans of Constantinople were regarded as 'Oriental Despots' who presided over backwardness, contended with endemic rebellion, and tolerated mass atrocities. 41 Empire could just as well show how 'uncivilised' a power was, for the way in which colonial territories were ruled reflected upon the nations which ruled them.
Wealthy expatriates in Athens and Alexandria, for example, fought hard to lobby the support of Great Power leaders, who were meeting in Paris for the Peace Conferences. Propaganda on the demise of the sponge Italy [taly 's Aegean Possession 39 'oppression ', was islands, which was presented as evidence of Italian 'oppression', their chief weapon. 26 Such attempts to influence international diplomacy 'from below' were common in the history of the so-called Question . Ottoman minorities had been conscious of the Eastern Question.