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"Sheila Lecoeur has written a path-breaking and moving study of the Italian wartime occupation of the Greek island of Syros. This is the very first study I know which shows the realities of Italian fascist - as opposed to German - Second World War occupation from the ground up, thanks to the survival of a very rich archive on the island of the local wartime administration. Lecoeur makes adroit use of Greek and oral sources too. This is a grim story - a case study of how not to do occupation - which culminated in a devastating famine, mostly as the result of Mussolini's ill-thought out imperial ambitions.
Mussolini's Greek Island shows how the tragedy was compounded by Fascist visions of breaking Greece up and absorbing the Cyclades into an enlarged Aegean zone of influence. This is a real addition to the scholarly literature, I think, on occupation and fascism, and a major intervention in the growing debate about Mussolini's visions of international fascist order. It should have a broad scholarly readership … and will appeal to scholars of fascism, the Second World War and military occupation in general. In the context of the ongoing historiographical reassessment of the Nazi New Order in Europe, this is an important contribution which offers us a badly needed point of comparison with German policy elsewhere." - Professor Mark Mazower, Department of History, Columbia University