A crossroads for the empire. Naples in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1936)

Author/s Dario Salvatore
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/303 Language Italian
Pages 28 P. 11-38 File size 309 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2023-303001
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In this essay, the author analyzes the fascist military campaign against Ethiopia from a peculiar bottom-up perspective, or rather, from the city of Naples. Such an approach moves from the specific role of Naples as a crossroads both in the preparation phase and in that of open warfare. This logistical role makes the city an extraordinary observation point on the flows of soldiers, workers, animals, and vehicles that passed through its port. The essay looks inside the fascist war machine by using local and peripheral institutional sources. In this way, it is possible to highlight capacities and limits of mechanisms such as the institutional network set up to manage the logistical flows, the troop cantonment, and the selection and dispatch of militarized workers in the context of the emerging fascist empire.

Keywords: Naples, fascism, second Italo-Ethiopian war, port of Naples, militarized workers, fascist empire

Dario Salvatore, Un crocevia per l’impero. Napoli nella guerra d’Etiopia (1935-1936) in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 303/2023, pp 11-38, DOI: 10.3280/IC2023-303001