Imagining ’empty’ space for settler colonialism; the Italian case: Jonathan McCollum, ‘Reimagining Mediterranean Spaces: Libya and the Italo-Turkish War, 1911-1912’, Diacronie: Studi di storia contemporanea, 23, 3, 2015
Abstract: The Italo-Turkish War, a struggle over the territory that the Italian occupiers later re-christened as Libya, became a heated ideological battleground for the emerging nationalisms of the Mediterranean. This paper delineates the contours of the geographical imaginaries of Italian and Ottoman imperial nationalisms and how participants and pundits of the conflict incorporated Libya into their national spaces. Examining the writings and publications of influential nationalist leaders Enrico Corradini and Enver Pasha, it compares the idealization of territory and the material limits of national imaginaries in response to European colonialism, the hardening of borders, and the emergence of a world system of nation-states.
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