A powerful and unique study of the realities and long-term impact of occupation, "Mussolini's Greek Island" reveals the Italian dictator's imperial vision, the mechanisms of Italian occupation and its tragic consequences. The small island of Syros is a vital entry-point illuminating Italian imperialism - its ethos, fascist connection, pretension and administrative achievements, marred by famine. Here Lecoeur examines the devastating effects of war and occupation on the local community - starvation, corruption and survival - and, drawing on local archives and interviews with survivors, offers new insight into this crucial but little known episode. Enriching our understanding of Mussolini's hegemonic visions and the mechanisms of occupation, a key issue of our times, this path-breaking book will appeal to scholars of fascism, World War II and military occupation in general.
Sheila Lecoeur received her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London and is Coordinator of Italian in the Humanities Department at Imperial College London.
List of Illustrations; List of Charts; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Syros and the Greek State; 2. Political Objectives and Administrative Policy, 1941-42; 3. The Economic Impact of the 'Distacco'; 4. The Famine; 5. Public Assistance and Crisis Management; 6. Propaganda and the Control of Information; 7. The Occupiers: Soldiers' Lives; 8. The Social Impact of Occupation; 9. Conclusion; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index.