Post-colonial Eritrea in Photographs of the Italian Police Force

Author/s Alessandro Volterra
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/1 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 177-193 File size 1353 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2023-001006
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During the spring of 1941, following the Italian defeat in East Africa, British forces occupied the former Italian colonies. Despite their small numbers, British colonial officials took charge in Eritrea, compensating for the lack of personnel by enlisting officials and employees from the Italian administration. Most of the Italian offi-cials were allowed to retain their positions, including members of the Carabinieri and the Police. Throughout the period from 1941 to 1952, the Italian Police doc-umented their activities in various photo albums. These images, together with the records preserved in the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provide a unique insight into the perspective and emotions of the Italian community that still resided in the former colony.

Keywords: Eritrea, British military administration in Eritrea, photography, sources for the his-tory of Africa

Alessandro Volterra, L’Eritrea postcoloniale nelle foto della Polizia italiana in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 1/2023, pp 177-193, DOI: 10.3280/MON2023-001006