chapter  5
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The Rise and Fall of the Italian Empire 1860-1960

In 1949, a writer for the conservative and patriotic Rome newspaper, Il Tempo, grew nostalgic about the loss of empire. After all, he wrote, Italian imperialism had been of a special kind. Italy had only managed to win

poor lands for the cursed work of poor men, lands for unemployed day labourers, lands for peasants lacking their own fertile fields who broke their backs to make flinty soil productive. They were lands of that last resource of poverty which says: 'Better than nothing'; which says: 'Better than to die of hunger'.1