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The Italian Invasion of Africa

The History of Italian Colonization in Africa and the Rise and Fall of the Italian Empire
Sprecher: Colin Fluxman
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In 1884, Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together, to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event—known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885—galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. 

The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would granted without evidence of a practical occupation, and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader, a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty.

This began a rush, spearheaded mainly by European commercial interests in the form of Chartered Companies, to penetrate the African interior and woo its leadership with guns, trinkets and alcohol, and having thus obtained their marks or seals upon spurious treaties, begin establishing boundaries of future European African colonies. The ease with which this was achieved was due to the fact that, at that point, traditional African leadership was disunited, and the people had just staggered back from centuries of concussion inflicted by the slave trade. Thus, to usurp authority, to intimidate an already broken society, and to play one leader against the other was a diplomatic task so childishly simple, the matter was wrapped up, for the most part, in less than a decade.

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indees a mere story colonialism

after adapting to the narrator's stakato of words the story professes quite well.

sadly this book about a seldom discussed part of history is not sufficient nor satisfying.

it is the content that is not satisfying as it is told from a global historical - European perspective, when imperialism and colonialisation were seen as normal, so this history sums up the facts from the view of these powers, notably Britian.

the beginnng of the colonialism in Africa is explained at length and takes up nearly a third of the reading. the conquest of the Italian colonies is told in a unemotional but eurocetric way. it hardly touches the status the societies of the occupied countries were before, during and after the Italians had left, nor how their perspective was of the occupation, or if there were any exchanges at all. atrocities are hardly mentioned nor the racist and discriminatory policies the Italians had.
the whole story stops suddenly with the fall of Italians strongholds in WW2.
as such this story is rather a chapter in a book than a stand alone document and too expensive.