I like to view territorial issues between two countries or the territory itself. This would include the political status, using basic geography and checking geographical location and history of that territory. Recently, I have been viewing Corsica and its ties with France. Corsica is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, and is a territorial collectivity of France. The island located is closer to the Italian peninsula and Sardinia, an island located south of Corsica, which is part of Italy.
Looking at political status, basic geography/geographical location and history of any territory, I choose to analyze the history, then, the political status, and finally, its geography. I would usually choose the history over geography because history tells you what happened and what the descendants of the people of the island want. The reason why I don’t really like geography is because countries could say that the territory is closer to the country itself and do many claims.
History: Corsica has a rich Italian history because of the historic ties between the two lands. Corsica was briefly independent before the French annexed the island in 1769. Today, the Italian culture is spread throughout the island. The Corsican language is related to the Italian dialect, Tuscan. France has caused the Corsican language to be endangered due to the French education, and not promoting much education to Corsican, though it is spoken regionally.
Political status: Today, the Corsicans do not really enjoy that they are under French control. Since Corsica is a territorial collectivity, they can enjoy better things than what mainland France has. Corsicans want greater autonomy for the country or independence and rejoin Italy. France, unfortunately, is against autonomy and independence of Corsica because it could hurt the country’s reputation. This is a very good example of Italian irredentism in Corsica.
Geography: Corsica is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is closer to Italy and borders Sardinia, an island of Italy, to the south. The historic ties between the island Italy is because the island is very close to mainland Italy. Trade between France and Corsica is what creates ties between the two lands.
Italian Irredentism occurs on the island because the culture of Corsica is Italian. Irredentism is when a land or region wants to join back the motherland. I am in great support for Italian Irredentism over Corsica is because the dictator of Italy during World War II, Benito Mussolini wanted to annex the island for Italy during the time. Mussolini could have done it for the time he had. When people say they have a goal, they must achieve it, even though there are barriers to it, especially politicians. History is really important when it comes to knowing culture.
To be really honest, I think Corsica should rejoin Italy because of its history and how France is treating the island and Corsicans. The Italians know the Corsicans are Italians and they will do anything to accept them into Italy. The Corsicans must not be treated by the French this way because the ancestors of the modern descendants were ignored by the French for two centuries and used Italian and Corsican. After 1859, French replaced Italian and the numbers of Corsican speakers started to decline. This is not funny, if the whole island loses the last few Corsican speakers, I would say they are Italians who lose their culture from living in another country. I have to blame France for all this, if the Corsicans don’t get what they want from France, I hope Italy joins the fight. Many people these days want to join back the motherland, so they have to travel and start a new life. For Corsican viewers reading this right now, you should think about how much crap has been going on so your land can be autonomous. I hope you will revolt against the French for your dependency of Italy!
This is Bossjamesopinionated, make Corsica part of Italy!
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