Italian East Africa


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Italian East Africa

A former federation of Italian-held territories in eastern Africa, including Ethiopia, Eritrea, and part of present-day Somalia. It was formed in 1936 and lasted until the British World War II invasion of 1941.

Italian East Africa

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(Placename) a former Italian territory in E Africa, formed in 1936 from the possessions of Eritrea, Italian Somaliland, and Ethiopia: taken by British forces in 1941

Ital′ian East` Af′rica


n.
a former Italian territory in E Africa, formed in 1936 by the merging of Eritrea, Italian Somaliland, and Ethiopia.
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This savage event, staged as a retributive measure, after an assassination attempt on Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, Benito Mussolini's viceroy to Italian East Africa, is essentially a half-forgotten one.
Italian resistance continued until November, when all of Italian East Africa was considered conquered.
Graziani was subsequently made Viceroy of Italian East Africa, a conglomeration of Italian holdings in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, where his most notorious atrocity would be committed.
In 1936, the foundation of Italian East Africa and of the fascist empire was proclaimed, and Ala Littoria was tasked with the construction and operation of a colonial route network that enabled both long-distance connections between Rome and its colonies, and domestic links within and between the occupied territories.
Some specific topics explored include domestic violence in Italian East Africa 1937-1940, witchcraft and violence in intimate relationships, and gender based violence and the law in Senegal and Ghana.
April 1 British Indian troops capture Asmara, capital of Eritrea, in Italian East Africa. April 3 A coup in Iraq puts pro-Axis Rashid Ah in power.
Britain and Italian East Africa after World War Two.
The frontiers separating the British sphere from Italian East Africa, as covered by the Kenya/Ethiopia (which became the Kenya/Italian East Africa) and the Kenya/Italian Somaliland [Somalia] frontiers seemed to have become merged into one broad area as a frontier separating Italian East Africa from British possessions in Kenya and the rest of Eastern Africa.

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