A Tormented Land--The Italian Exodus from Istria after World War II: A Case Study of Pola


Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies


Department of History


This project examines the Italian exodus from Pola after World War II through exploration of the formation and transformation of ethno-national identities of its citizens after the fall of fascist Italy in 1943. In a borderland environment of rapidly changing regimes and shifting allegiances, the individual and collective identities experience great fluctuations that can be fully comprehended only within a broader historical framework, 1850s-1950s, thus challenging the current historiography of the Italian exodus that tends to define its narrative boundaries narrowly, both thematically and temporally, making the city and the historical event of the exodus appear to exist in an historical vacuum.