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Italy's SeaEmpire and Nation in the Mediterranean, 1895-1945$
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Valerie McGuire

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348004

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348004.001.0001

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Conclusion: Postcolonial Returns

Conclusion: Postcolonial Returns

(p.247) Conclusion: Postcolonial Returns
Italy's Sea

Valerie McGuire

Liverpool University Press

As the media has extensively reported, Italy and Greece are today the first ports-of- entry for immigrants entering Europe from Africa and the Middle East. While places such as Lampedusa and Lesbos have attracted extensive media attention, several of the ex-Italian colonial islands in the Dodecanese prefecture have also hosted temporary migrant populations over the past five years. At the peak of the migration crisis, the UNHCR began re-utilizing many of the Italian-era buildings as refugee camps. How can we understand contemporary ‘Mediterranean-ism’ in the context of global migration and the politics of the European Union? The conclusion takes a more nuanced approach to the recent idea, advanced by many scholars and artists, that the Mediterranean can offer a meaningful way to resist ‘Fortress Europe’, and the racist and nationalist politics that undercut international norms about human rights. While continuing to adopt an approach ‘from below’, it examines the local afterlife of Italian colonial rule, how memories of Italian imperialism activate approaches to hospitality and cosmopolitanism in the Dodecanese and evoke a nostalgic longing for both old and new forms of empire.

Keywords:   Migration, Refugees, Aegean, Architecture, Postcolonialism, Empire, Italy, Greece

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