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An example of Italian colonial propaganda describing 'The first railway engine crossing Libya, causing astonishment and panic among the Arabs'
A colonial postcard about the inauguration of the first railway in Libya
'La prima locomotiva attraversa il suolo libico tra lo spavento e lo stupore degli arabi'
Enrico Sturani Private Collection
Collezione Enrico Sturani
The railway in a colonial context was much more than a means of transport: it was a powerful symbol of modernity, of technological superiority of the colonizers over the colonized, and of mastery over the territory. The construction of railways in colonial situations was thus often celebrated by the colonialists’ popular press or in postcards, as in this case.In Libya, the Italians started building railroads from the first months of colonial rule. The first lines, inaugurated in 1912, connected Tripoli with Ain Zara (11 kms) and to Zanzur (39 kms). By the end of 1915, the railway lines in Libya amounted to 180kms.
Giulia Barrera "An example of Italian colonial propaganda describing 'The first railway engine crossing Libya, causing astonishment and panic among the Arabs'" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;it;58;en&id=cartoons_and_caricatures
Prepared by: Giulia Barrera
MWNF Working Number: IT1 058