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Author Sica, Emanuele, 1975- author.

Title Mussolini's army in the French Riviera : Italy's occupation of France / Emanuele Sica.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2016]


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 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (313 pages) : illustrations, portraits.
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Series The history of military occupation
History of military occupation.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chronology of the Italian Occupation of Southeastern France -- Part I. The Latin Sisters and the Coming of the Second World War -- Introduction -- Countdown to War -- Part II. The Armistice Period : June 1940-November 1942 -- The Italian Armistice Commission with France (CIAF) -- Italian Irredentism and French Patriotism in the Cote d'Azur -- A Prelude to Full Occupation -- Part III. The Italian Occupation of Southeastern France : November 1942-September 1943 -- The November 1942 Invasion -- The Italians Settle In -- Life under the Occupation -- Military Repression, Civilian Resistance -- Collaboration and Accommodation -- The Italian Jewish Policy in France -- Drawing the Curtain on the Occupation -- Conclusion.
Summary "Following the conquest of Europe during the WWII, the Axis powers implemented occupation policies, often savage and brutal, to consolidate their European empire. After the war, a myth of Italiani Brava Gente (Italians, good fellows) perpetuated the belief that Italian soldiers were essentially good-natured and, unlike the German forces, incapable of perpetrating massacres against local civilians. In this study, Emanuele Sica examines the Italian military occupation of the French Riviera and Alpine region from June 1940 to September 1943, with particular attention to the relationship between Italian soldiers and the local population. The Italian occupation policy in France, unlike the one in the Balkans, was moderate and low in casualties. This mild approach to occupation of foreign soil was due in part to pragmatic reasons. Italian local commanders understood that softening their occupation policy was the best means of preventing the formation of partisan groups in the area. In fact, the Italians' strategic nightmare would have been an Allied seaborne invasion from the Mediterranean while concurrently fighting a Resistance uprising in France. Confronted with overstretched lines, pervasively poor morale within the ranks of the Italian occupation army in France and outdated materiel, the local command avoided harsh measures that could drive the French population towards resistance. However, Sica also asserts that the cultural proximity between the soldiers and the local population, 1/4 of which was Italian, played an important role in positively shaping the relationships between occupiers and occupied, smoothing the sharp angles of miscommunication and minimizing inevitable cultural faux-pas at a time of great uncertainty and tension"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on print version record.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2016. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Italy. Esercito -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Riviera.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- France -- Riviera.
France -- History -- Italian occupation, 1942-1943.
Riviera (France) -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Riviera (France) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Sica, Emanuele. Mussolini's army in the French Riviera : Italy's occupation of France. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2016] The history of military occupation 9780252039850
ISBN 9780252039850 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9780252097966 (e-book)

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