Damages Caused by the Italian Fascist Colonization of Libya

  • Muhammad T. Jerary
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


The colonization of Libya by Italy during the years 1911–1940 has left a legacy of continuing resentment between the two peoples. This inherited resentment takes the form among Libyans of a right to revenge and among Italians of feelings of aggression and guilt. Any future relationship between Italy and Libya entails the overcoming of this barrier from the past; it is useless to conceal the consequences of colonization or sidestep them by focusing only on the development of joint economic projects and investments. One must instead study carefully the colonial period from beginning to end, studying and documenting all aspects of the Libyan-Italian experience with the utmost precision and objectivity. Films, historical monuments, books and articles, and museums must all be utilized in this process of coming to terms with this historical period. Only in this manner can we eradicate its long-term effects: an inferiority complex among Libyans and a guilt complex among Italians. The present chapter represents a contribution to this effort.


Oral History Historical Monument Inferiority Complex Present Chapter Fascist Regime 
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