The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: Events
Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 19:00
Venue: Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
Historisches Kolleg im Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
Gustavo Corni (Trient)»Ein Kolonialreich als late comer: Italien in Äthiopien«
About the Speaker
On May 9, 1936 – from the famous balcony on Piazza Venezia in Rome – Mussolini proclaimed before a broad mass the rebirth of the ancient Roman empire after the occupation of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The conquering expedition had begun on October 3, 1935. This belated colonialist conquest, camouflaged behind the neutral designation "War of Ethiopia", was the completion of the imperialist dynamism of Italy in the so-called "Horn of Africa". A delay which is historically particularly noteworthy: It was completely beyond the context of European imperialism, which had already reached its climax at the end of the nineteenth century. But the conquest of Ethiopia had now been carried through by a mass dictatorship, which differed deeply from the national states of the previous century. Colonialism and Dictatorship: This is the problematic interdependence that has to be analyzed.
Gustavo Corni is Professor of Modern History at the University of Trient (Italy). In September 2017 he is on the invitation of Christoph Cornelißen (Professor of Modern History at Frankfurt Universtiy) and the History Programme of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften a Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.
About the subject of 2017: »End of Empires«
The »Historische Kolleg», the History Programme of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Goethe University Frankfurt, is dedicating the year 2017 to the study of the »End of Empires« under the directorship of Prof. Dr. C. Cornelißen (Goethe University) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve (Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History/Goethe University).
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