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I research the migration and settlement of different groups of Italians to the Crimea in 1820-1920, as an episode of informal colonisation. Looking at this concept from three different perspectives, I discuss that, eventually, informality is for historiography a ‘slippery’ matter and, therefore, often stays unrecorded. 

With my thesis, I also want to show some ways how ‘informal’ histories  can be recovered from historiographical oblivion and why it is wort doing it.