Muted Violence: Italian War Crimes in Occupied Greece
Title: Muted Violence: Italian War Crimes in Occupied Greece
Author: SANTARELLI, Lidia
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2004, 9, 3, 280-299
This article considers the myth of Italians as 'good people' that has dominated postwar historiography as well as the public and institutional discourse, and analyses the connection between the judiciary paradigm and the historical narrative of the Second World War. It presents an account of Italian war crimes in occupied Greece and suggests a possible interpretation regarding the military violence towards the civilian population. War crimes are considered within the context of the general orientation of the fascist policy of occupation and the structures of conflict that emerged in the occupied territories. In particular, it discusses the turning point in Italian repressive action, from the logic of reprisal to a policy of massacre.
Subject: fascism; humanitarian law; Second World War; military violence
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