9780230572591

Allies and Italians under Occupation Sicily and Southern Italy 1943-45

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230572591

  • ISBN10:

    0230572596

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

War is chaos; an occupying force must bring order out of that chaos. The Allied Occupation of Italy is studied by examining crime, law and order in Sicily and southern Italy, where all forms of Allied and liberated Italian government were used and which also contained Italy's two historically most troublesome areas, Naples and Sicily. Effective society requires law and order to exist; this book examines the behaviour of a million Allied servicemen on the ordinary citizens of Italy, recently 'the enemy', from the nuisance of drunkenness to rape and murder. Many Italian law and order issues were caused by political conflict, land occupations and the poor availability of food and other essentials. The last led to unrest, discontent, a thriving black market, prostitution and a resurgence of crime. All these are examined, using original documents, as are police and Allied performance and the curious absence of the Mafia.

Author Biography

Isobel Williams gained a PhD with the Italian Department of Swansea University in 2006, after a BA in Italian in 2001 and a BSc in Microbiology and Zoology in 1974, also at Swansea University, UK. She has had a varied career, mostly spent in Hong Kong and Japan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
List of Illustrations
Explanatory Notes
PART I: OCCUPATION
1. Introduction
2. Preparation: Structure, Training and Police
PART II: ALLIED CRIME
3. Soldier Trouble
4. The Moroccan Goumiers of the FEC
5. Deserters and Absentees
6. Justice, and Statistics
PART III: ITALIAN CRIME, AND LAW AND ORDER
7. Allied Proclamations
8. Italian Trouble: Crime
9. Italian Trouble: Disorder
PART IV: COLLABORATION
10. Black Market
11. Prostitution
PART V: ASSESSMENT
12. Police Performance
13. Occupation
Appendix I: Acronyms and Foreign Terms
Appendix II: Allied Proclamation No. 2: Articles I and I
Bibliography
Index

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