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A Food Utopia? Italian colonial visions of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, 1911-1913

Rosenboim, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-3764-2133 (2024). A Food Utopia? Italian colonial visions of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, 1911-1913. Journal of the History of Ideas: an international quarterly devoted to intellectual history, 85(2), pp. 289-320. doi: 10.1353/jhi.2024.a926150


This article explores the uses of utopian rhetoric of food plenty in Italian colonial visions before the First World War. It examines the travel writings of three leading Italian journalists, Enrico Corradini, Arnaldo Fraccaroli, and Giuseppe Bevione, who visited the Ottoman provinces of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica and campaigned for their colonization by Liberal Italy. By reconstructing their utopian rhetoric of food plenty, this article seeks to show the relevance of arguments about food and agriculture produce to early twentieth century colonial visions, shedding light on an aspect of Italian political thought that has been hitherto marginalized in existing historical scholarship.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The posted version is an unedited draft, not for citation, of a work that has been accepted for publication.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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