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The Italian Empire
Italian Empire
(Italian: Impero Italiano) comprised the colonies, protectorates, concessions, dependencies and trust territories of the Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Italy
and, after 1946, the Italian Republic. The genesis of the Italian colonial empire was the purchase, in 1869, by a commercial company of the coastal town of Assab
Assab
on the Red Sea.[1] This was taken over by the Italian government in 1882, becoming modern Italy's first overseas territory.[2] Over the next two decades the pace of European acquisitions in Africa increased, causing the so-called "Scramble for Africa". By the start of the First World War
First World War
in 1914, Italy
Italy
had acquired in Africa a colony on the Red Sea
Red Sea
coast (Eritrea), a large protectorate in Somalia
Somalia
and authority in formerly Ottoman Libya
Libya
(gained after the Italo-Turkish War). Italy's expansion inland from the Red Sea
Red Sea
coast brought her into conflict with the Ethiopian Empire, which defeated her first at the battle of Dogali (1887) and again during first Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1895–96. Outside Africa, Italy
Italy
possessed the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
Islands off the coast of Turkey
Turkey
and a concession in Tianjin in China as a result of the Boxer Rebellion. During the First World War, Italy
Italy
occupied southern Albania
Albania
to prevent it from falling to Austria-Hungary. In 1917, it established a protectorate over Albania, which remained in place until 1920.[3] The Fascist government that came to power with Benito Mussolini in 1922 sought to increase the size of the Italian empire and to satisfy the claims of Italian irredentists. In its second invasion of Ethiopia in 1935–36, Italy
Italy
was successful and it merged its new conquest with its older east African colonies to create Italian East Africa. In 1939, Italy
Italy
invaded Albania
Albania
and incorporated it into the Fascist state. During the Second World War (1939–45), Italy
Italy
occupied British Somaliland, parts of South-Eastern France, Western Egypt
Egypt
and most of Greece, but then lost those conquests and its African colonies, including Ethiopia, to the invading allied forces. It was forced in the final peace to relinquish sovereignty over all its colonies. It was granted a United Nations trust to administer former Italian Somaliland
Italian Somaliland
in 1950 under United Nations supervision. When Somalia
Somalia
became independent in 1960, Italy's eight-decade experiment with colonialism had ended.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Scramble for an empire 1.2 World War I and aftermath 1.3 Fascism and the Italian Empire 1.4 World War II 1.5 End of the empire

2 See also 3 References

3.1 Notes 3.2 Bibliography

4 External links

History[edit] Scramble for an empire[edit] Main articles: First Italo-Ethiopian War
First Italo-Ethiopian War
and Italo-Turkish War

Francesco Crispi
Francesco Crispi
promoted the Italian colonialism in Africa in the late 1800s.

The unification of Italy
Italy
brought with it a belief that Italy
Italy
deserved its own overseas empire, alongside those of the other powers of Europe, and a rekindling of the notion of mare nostrum.[4] However, Italy
Italy
had arrived late to the colonial race, and its relative weakness in international affairs meant that it was dependent on the acquiescence of Britain, France
France
and Germany towards its empire-building.[5] Italy
Italy
had long considered the Ottoman province of Tunisia, where a large community of Tunisian Italians
Tunisian Italians
lived, within its economic sphere of influence. It did not consider annexing it until 1879, when it became apparent that Britain and Germany were encouraging France
France
to add it to its colonial holdings in North Africa.[6] A last minute offer by Italy
Italy
to share Tunisia
Tunisia
between the two countries was refused, and France, confident in German support, ordered its troops in from French Algeria, imposing a protectorate over Tunisia
Tunisia
in May 1881 under the Treaty of Bardo.[7] The shock of the "Tunisian bombshell", as it was referred to in the Italian press, and the sense of Italy's isolation in Europe, led it into signing the Triple Alliance in 1882 with Germany and Austria-Hungary.[8]

Italian possessions and sphere of influence in the Horn of Africa
Horn of Africa
in 1896.

Italy's search for colonies continued until February 1886, when, by secret agreement with Britain, it annexed the port of Massawa
Massawa
in Eritrea
Eritrea
on the Red Sea
Red Sea
from the crumbling Egyptian Empire. Italian annexation of Massawa
Massawa
denied the Ethiopian Empire
Ethiopian Empire
of Yohannes IV an outlet to the sea[9] and prevented any expansion of French Somaliland.[10] At the same time, Italy
Italy
occupied territory on the south side of the horn of Africa, forming what would become Italian Somaliland.[11] However, Italy
Italy
coveted Ethiopia itself and, in 1887, Italian Prime Minister Agostino Depretis
Agostino Depretis
ordered an invasion. This invasion was halted after the loss of five hundred Italian troops at the Battle of Dogali.[12] Depretis's successor, Prime Minister Francesco Crispi
Francesco Crispi
signed the Treaty of Wuchale in 1889 with Menelik II, the new emperor. This treaty ceded Ethiopian territory around Massawa to Italy
Italy
to form the colony of Eritrea, and – at least, according to the Italian version of the treaty – made Ethiopia an Italian protectorate.[13] Relations between Italy
Italy
and Menelik deteriorated over the next few years until the First Italo-Ethiopian War
First Italo-Ethiopian War
broke out in 1895, when Crispi ordered Italian troops into the country. Outnumbered and poorly equipped,[14] the result was a humiliating defeat for Italy
Italy
at the hands of Ethiopian forces at the Battle of Adwa in 1896.[15] On 7 September 1901, a concession in Tientsin was ceded to the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
by Imperial China. It was administered by the Italian consul in Tientsin. Several ships of the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina) were based at Tientsin.[16] A wave of nationalism that swept Italy
Italy
at the turn of the 20th century led to the founding of the Italian Nationalist Association, which pressed for the expansion of Italy's empire. Newspapers were filled with talk of revenge for the humiliations suffered in Ethiopia at the end of the previous century, and of nostalgia for the Roman era. Libya, it was suggested, as an ex-Roman colony, should be "taken back" to provide a solution to the problems of Southern Italy's population growth. Fearful of being excluded altogether from North Africa by Britain and France, and mindful of public opinion, Prime Minister Giovanni Giolitti
Giovanni Giolitti
ordered the declaration of war on the Ottoman Empire, of which Libya
Libya
was part, in October 1911.[17] As a result of the Italo-Turkish War, Italy
Italy
gained Libya
Libya
and the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
Islands. World War I and aftermath[edit] Main articles: Military history of Italy during World War I
Military history of Italy during World War I
and Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire

The flag of Italy
Italy
is shown hanging alongside an Albanian flag from the balcony of the Italian prefecture in Vlorë, Albania
Albania
during World War I.

Partition of Turkey
Turkey
in the Treaty of Sèvres
Treaty of Sèvres
of 1919. The light green marked area is the territory from Anatolia
Anatolia
allocated to an Italian sphere of influence. Sèvres was overturned by the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 where Turkey
Turkey
was restored all of Anatolia.

In 1915, Italy
Italy
agreed to enter World War I on the side of Britain and France; and, in return, was guaranteed territory at the Treaty of London, both in Europe and, should Britain and France
France
gain Germany's African possessions, in Africa.[18] Prior to direct intervention in World War I, Italy
Italy
occupied the Albanian port of Vlorë
Vlorë
in December 1914.[3] In the fall of 1916, Italy
Italy
started to occupy southern Albania.[3] In 1916, Italian forces recruited Albanian irregulars to serve alongside them.[3] Italy, with permission of the Allied command, occupied Northern Epirus
Northern Epirus
on 23 August 1916, forcing the neutralist Greek Army to withdraw its occupation forces from there.[3] In June 1917, Italy
Italy
proclaimed central and southern Albania
Albania
as a protectorate of Italy
Italy
while Northern Albania
Albania
was allocated to the states of Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro.[3] By 31 October 1918, French and Italian forces expelled the Austro-Hungarian Army from Albania.[3] However, in 1920, an Albanian rebellion led the Italians
Italians
to agree to return the occupied regions to Albania, with the exception of Sarzan Island. Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was a strategic region during World War I that both Italy
Italy
and Serbia
Serbia
intended to seize from Austria-Hungary. The Treaty of London guaranteed Italy
Italy
the right to annex a large portion of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
in exchange for Italy's participation on the Allied side. From 5–6 November 1918, Italian forces were reported to have reached Lissa, Lagosta, Sebenico, and other localities on the Dalmatian coast.[19] By the end of hostilities in November 1918, the Italian military had seized control of the entire portion of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
that had been guaranteed to Italy
Italy
by the Treaty of London and by 17 November had seized Fiume as well.[20] In 1918, Admiral Enrico Millo
Enrico Millo
declared himself Italy's Governor of Dalmatia.[20] Famous Italian nationalist Gabriele D'Annunzio
Gabriele D'Annunzio
supported the seizure of Dalmatia, and proceeded to Zara (today's Zadar) in an Italian warship in December 1918.[21] However, at the concluding Treaty of Versailles
Treaty of Versailles
in 1919, Italy received less in Europe than had been promised, and none overseas. In April 1920, it was agreed between the British and Italian foreign ministers that Jubaland
Jubaland
would be Italy's compensation, but Britain held back on the deal for several years, aiming to use it as leverage to force Italy
Italy
to cede the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
to Greece.[22] Fascism and the Italian Empire[edit] Main articles: Second Italo-Ethiopian War
Second Italo-Ethiopian War
and Italian invasion of Albania

Ambitions of Fascist Italy
Italy
in Europe in 1936. The map shows territories to become sovereign or dependency territory (in dark-green) and client states (in light-green).

Maximum extent of Imperial Italy.

In 1922, the leader of the Italian fascist movement, Benito Mussolini, became Prime Minister of Italy
Prime Minister of Italy
after the March on Rome. Mussolini resolved the question of sovereignty over the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
at the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which formalized Italian administration of both Libya
Libya
and the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
Islands, in return for a payment to Turkey, the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, though he failed in an attempt to extract a mandate of a portion of Iraq from Britain. The month following the ratification of the Lausanne treaty, Mussolini ordered the invasion of the Greek island of Corfu
Corfu
after the Corfu incident. The Italian press supported the move, noting that Corfu
Corfu
had been a Venetian possession for four hundred years. The matter was taken by Greece
Greece
to the League of Nations, where Mussolini was convinced by Britain to evacuate Italian troops, in return for reparations from Greece. The confrontation led Britain and Italy
Italy
to resolve the question of Jubaland
Jubaland
in 1924, which was merged into Italian Somaliland.[23] During the late 1920s, imperial expansion became an increasingly favoured theme in Mussolini's speeches.[24] Amongst Mussolini's aims were that Italy
Italy
had to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean that would be able to challenge France
France
or Britain, as well as attain access to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.[24] Mussolini alleged that Italy
Italy
required uncontested access to the world's oceans and shipping lanes to ensure its national sovereignty.[25] This was elaborated on in a document he later drew up in 1939 called "The March to the Oceans", and included in the official records of a meeting of the Grand Council of Fascism.[25] This text asserted that maritime position determined a nation's independence: countries with free access to the high seas were independent; while those who lacked this, were not. Italy, which only had access to an inland sea without French and British acquiescence, was only a "semi-independent nation", and alleged to be a "prisoner in the Mediterranean":[25]

"The bars of this prison are Corsica, Tunisia, Malta, and Cyprus. The guards of this prison are Gibraltar
Gibraltar
and Suez. Corsica
Corsica
is a pistol pointed at the heart of Italy; Tunisia
Tunisia
at Sicily. Malta
Malta
and Cyprus constitute a threat to all our positions in the eastern and western Mediterrean. Greece, Turkey, and Egypt
Egypt
have been ready to form a chain with Great Britain and to complete the politico-military encirclement of Italy. Thus Greece, Turkey, and Egypt
Egypt
must be considered vital enemies of Italy's expansion ... The aim of Italian policy, which cannot have, and does not have continental objectives of a European territorial nature except Albania, is first of all to break the bars of this prison ... Once the bars are broken, Italian policy can only have one motto – to march to the oceans." — Benito Mussolini, The March to the Oceans[25]

In the Balkans, the Fascist regime claimed Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and held ambitions over Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vardar Macedonia, and Greece
Greece
based on the precedent of previous Roman dominance in these regions.[26] Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and Slovenia
Slovenia
were to be directly annexed into Italy
Italy
while the remainder of the Balkans
Balkans
was to be transformed into Italian client states.[27] The regime also sought to establish protective patron-client relationships with Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.[26] In both 1932 and 1935, Italy
Italy
demanded a League of Nations
League of Nations
mandate of the former German Cameroon and a free hand in Ethiopia from France
France
in return for Italian support against Germany (see Stresa Front).[28] This was refused by French Prime Minister Édouard Herriot, who was not yet sufficiently worried about the prospect of a German resurgence.[28] The failed resolution of the Abyssinia Crisis led to the Second Italo-Ethiopian War, in which Italy
Italy
annexed Ethiopia to its empire. Italy's stance towards Spain
Spain
shifted between the 1920s and the 1930s. The Fascist regime in the 1920s held deep antagonism towards Spain
Spain
due to Miguel Primo de Rivera's pro-French foreign policy. In 1926, Mussolini began aiding the Catalan separatist movement, which was led by Francesc Macià, against the Spanish government.[29] With the rise of the left-wing Republican government replacing the Spanish monarchy, Spanish monarchists and fascists repeatedly approached Italy
Italy
for aid in overthrowing the Republican government, in which Italy
Italy
agreed to support them in order to establish a pro-Italian government in Spain.[29] In July 1936, Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
of the Nationalist faction in the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
requested Italian support against the ruling Republican faction, and guaranteed that, if Italy
Italy
supported the Nationalists, "future relations would be more than friendly" and that Italian support "would have permitted the influence of Rome to prevail over that of Berlin in the future politics of Spain".[30] Italy intervened in the civil war with the intention of occupying the Balearic Islands
Balearic Islands
and creating a client state in Spain.[31] Italy sought the control of the Balearic Islands
Balearic Islands
due to its strategic position – Italy
Italy
could use the islands as a base to disrupt the lines of communication between France
France
and its North African colonies and between British Gibraltar
Gibraltar
and Malta.[32] After the victory by Franco and the Nationalists in the war, Allied intelligence was informed that Italy
Italy
was pressuring Spain
Spain
to permit an Italian occupation of the Balearic Islands.[33]

Italian newspaper in Tunisia
Tunisia
that represented Italians
Italians
living in the French protectorate of Tunisia.

After the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
signed the Anglo-Italian Easter Accords in 1938, Mussolini and foreign minister Ciano issued demands for concessions in the Mediterranean by France, particularly regarding Djibouti, Tunisia
Tunisia
and the French-run Suez
Suez
Canal.[34] Three weeks later, Mussolini told Ciano that he intended for Italy
Italy
to demand an Italian takeover of Albania.[34] Mussolini professed that Italy
Italy
would only be able to "breathe easily" if it had acquired a contiguous colonial domain in Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian Oceans, and when ten million Italians
Italians
had settled in them.[24] In 1938, Italy demanded a sphere of influence in the Suez
Suez
Canal in Egypt, specifically demanding that the French-dominated Suez
Suez
Canal Company accept an Italian representative on its board of directors.[35] Italy opposed the French monopoly over the Suez
Suez
Canal because, under the French-dominated Suez
Suez
Canal Company, all Italian merchant traffic to its colony of Italian East Africa
Italian East Africa
was forced to pay tolls on entering the canal.[35] In 1939, Italy
Italy
invaded and captured Albania
Albania
and made it a part of the Italian Empire
Italian Empire
as a separate kingdom in personal union with the Italian crown. The region of modern-day Albania
Albania
had been an early part of the Roman Empire, which had actually been held before northern parts of Italy
Italy
had been taken by the Romans, but had long since been populated by Albanians, even though Italy
Italy
had retained strong links with the Albanian leadership and considered it firmly within its sphere of influence.[36] It is possible that Mussolini simply wanted a spectacular success over a smaller neighbour to match Germany's absorption of Austria
Austria
and Czechoslovakia.[36] Italian King Victor Emmanuel III took the Albanian crown, and a fascist government under Shefqet Verlaci
Shefqet Verlaci
was established to rule over Albania. World War II[edit] Main article: Military history of Italy
Italy
during World War II

Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta led the Italian forces at the Battle of Amba Alagi.[37]

Mussolini entered World War II
World War II
on the side of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
with plans to enlarge Italy's territorial holdings. He had designs on an area of western Yugoslavia, southern France, Corsica, Malta, Tunisia, part of Algeria, an Atlantic port in Morocco, French Somaliland
French Somaliland
and British Egypt
Egypt
and Sudan.[38] Mussolini also mentioned to Italo Balbo
Italo Balbo
his ambitions of capturing British and French territories in the Cameroons and founding an Italian Cameroon, in the hope that Italy
Italy
could establish a colony on the Atlantic coast of Africa.[citation needed] On 10 June 1940, Mussolini declared war on Britain and France; both countries had been at war with Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
since September of the previous year. In July 1940, Italian foreign minister Count Ciano presented Hitler with a document of Italy's demands that included: the annexation of Corsica, Nice, and Malta; protectorates in Tunisia
Tunisia
and a buffer zone in Algeria; independence with Italian military presence and bases in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Transjordan as well as expropriation of oil companies in those territories; military occupation of Aden, Perim
Perim
and Sokotra; Cyprus
Cyprus
given to Greece
Greece
in exchange for Corfu
Corfu
and Ciamuria given to Italy; Italy
Italy
is given British Somaliland, Djibuti, French Equatorial Africa up to Chad, as well as Ciano adding at the meeting that Italy
Italy
wanted Kenya
Kenya
and Uganda as well.[39] Hitler accepted the document without any comment.[39] In October 1940, Mussolini ordered the invasion of Greece
Greece
from Albania, but the operation was unsuccessful.[40] In April 1941, Germany launched an invasion of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
and then attacked Greece. Italy
Italy
and other German allies supported both actions. The German and Italian armies overran Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
in about two weeks and, despite British support in Greece, the Axis troops overran that country by the end of April. The Italians
Italians
gained control over portions of both occupied Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
and occupied Greece. A member of the House of Savoy, Prince Aimone, 4th Duke of Aosta, was appointed king of the newly created Independent State of Croatia. During the height of the Battle of Britain, the Italians
Italians
launched an attack on Egypt
Egypt
in the hope of capturing the Suez
Suez
Canal. By 16 September 1940, the Italians
Italians
advanced 60 miles across the border. However, in December, the British launched Operation Compass
Operation Compass
and, by February 1941, the British had cut off and captured the Italian 10th Army and had driven deep into Libya.[41] A German intervention prevented the fall of Libya
Libya
and the combined Axis attacks drove the British back into Egypt
Egypt
until summer 1942, before being stopped at El Alamein. Allied intervention against Vichy French-held Morocco
Morocco
and Algeria
Algeria
created a two-front campaign. German and Italian forces entered Tunisia
Tunisia
in late 1942 in response, however forces in Egypt
Egypt
were soon forced to make a major retreat into Libya. By May 1943, Axis forces in Tunisia
Tunisia
were forced to surrender. The East African Campaign started with Italian advances into British-held Kenya, British Somaliland, and Sudan. In the summer of 1940, Italian armed forces successfully invaded all of British Somaliland.[42] But, in the Spring of 1941, the British had counter-attacked and pushed deep into Italian East Africa. By 5 May, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
had returned to Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
to reclaim his throne. In November, the last organised Italian resistance ended with the fall of Gondar.[43] However, following the surrender of East Africa, some Italians
Italians
conducted a guerrilla war which lasted for two more years. In November 1942, when the Germans occupied Vichy France
France
during Case Anton, Italian-occupied France
France
was expanded with the occupation of Corsica. End of the empire[edit]

Italian war cemetery in Keren, Eritrea.

The Cathedral of Tripoli in the 1960s.

By the autumn of 1943, the Italian Empire
Italian Empire
and all dreams of an Imperial Italy
Italy
effectively came to an end. On 7 May, the surrender of Axis forces in Tunisia
Tunisia
and other near continuous Italian reversals, led King Victor Emmanuel III
Victor Emmanuel III
to plan the removal of Mussolini. Following the Invasion of Sicily, all support for Mussolini evaporated. A meeting of the Grand Council of Fascism
Grand Council of Fascism
was held on 24 July, which managed to impose a vote of no confidence to Mussolini. The "Duce" was subsequently deposed and arrested by the King on the following afternoon. Afterwards, Mussolini remained a prisoner of the King until 12 September, when, on the orders of Hitler, he was rescued by German paratroops and became leader of the newly established Italian Social Republic. After 25 July, the new Italian government under the King and Field Marshal Pietro Badoglio
Pietro Badoglio
remained outwardly part of the Axis. But, secretly, it started negotiations with the Allies. On the eve of the American landings at Salerno, which started the Allied invasion of Italy, the new Italian government secretly signed an armistice with the Allies. On 8 September, the armistice was made public. In Albania, Yugoslavia, the Dodecanese, and other territories still held by the Italians, German military forces successfully attacked their former Italian allies and ended Italy's rule. During the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
Campaign, an Allied attempt to take the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
with the cooperation of the Italian troops ended in total German victory. In China, the Imperial Japanese Army occupied Italy's concession in Tientsin after getting news of the armistice. Later in 1943 the Italian Social Republic formally ceded control of the concession to Japan's puppet regime in China, the Reorganized National Government of China
Reorganized National Government of China
under Wang Jingwei. In 1947, the Italian Republic
Italian Republic
formally lost all her overseas colonial possessions as a result of the Treaty of Peace with Italy. There were discussions to maintain Tripolitania
Tripolitania
(a province of Italian Libya) as the last Italian colony, but these were not successful. In November 1949, Italian Somaliland
Italian Somaliland
was made a United Nations
United Nations
Trust Territory under Italian administration. This lasted until 1 July 1960, when Italian Somaliland
Italian Somaliland
was granted its independence and, together with British Somaliland, formed the Somali Republic. See also[edit]

Timeline of the Italian Empire (it)

References[edit] Notes[edit]

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Battle of Adwa
and Its Significance for Today", in The Battle of Adwa: Reflections on Ethiopia's Historic Victory Against European Colonialism (Algora, 2005), p. 22. ^ a b c d e f g Nigel Thomas. Armies in the Balkans
Balkans
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External links[edit]

(in Italian) Atlas of Italian colonies, written by Baratta Mario and Visintin Luigi in 1928

v t e

Italian Empire

Subdivisions

Western Mediterranean

Southeastern France Monaco Corsica

Balkans

Albanian Kingdom Islands of the Aegean Kingdom of Croatia Dalmatia Greece

Hellenic State Principality of the Pindus Ionian Islands

Italian Province of Lubiana Kingdom of Montenegro

Italian East Africa

Italian Eritrea

Eritrea
Eritrea
Governorate

Italian Somaliland

Somalia
Somalia
Governorate Italian Oltre Giuba British Somaliland

Italian Ethiopia

Amhara Governorate Harrar Governorate Galla-Sidamo Governorate Scioa Governorate

Italian Libya

Libya

Cyrenaica Tripolitania Fezzan

Far East

Italian concession of Tientsin Concessions of Italy
Italy
in China

Planned expansion

Egypt Majorca Tentative to occupy French Somaliland Kenya Sudan Malta Ticino, Valais and Grisons Tunisia

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Irredentism

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Architecture

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Urbanism

Italian Tripoli Mogadishu under Italian rule Italian Benghazi Italian Asmara Italian Massaua

Infrastructure

Mogadishu–Villabruzzi Railway Ethio- Djibouti
Djibouti
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Massawa
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Italian Libya
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Italian Somaliland
lira Italian Somaliland
Italian Somaliland
rupia Italian Somaliland
Italian Somaliland
somalo Postage stamps and postal history of Italian East Africa Postage stamps and postal history of Oltre Giuba Postage stamps of Italian Libya

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Colonial conflicts in the Italian Empire

East Africa

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Mahdist War
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North Africa

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