si facevano quasi sempre schermo di motivazioni scientifiche

English translation: ...were almost always hidden behind the screen/façade of scientific ...

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Italian term or phrase:si facevano quasi sempre schermo di motivazioni scientifiche
English translation:...were almost always hidden behind the screen/façade of scientific ...
Entered by: Barbara Cochran, MFA

23:46 Mar 9, 2020
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Italian term or phrase: si facevano quasi sempre schermo di motivazioni scientifiche
Contesto:

Bisogna però arrivare alla fine del XVIII secolo perché cominci la sistematica esplorazione delle regioni interne dell'Africa. Naturalmente, le aspirazioni coloniali, che ne erano la principale ragione, si facevano quasi sempre schermo di motivazioni scientifiche e sopratutto umanitarie; queste, dato il basso tenore di vita della popolazioni africane del tempo, trovavano a loro volta facilmente sostegno nel filantropismo delle società europee.

Grazie,

Barbara
Barbara Cochran, MFA
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...were almost always hidden behind the screen of scientific ...
Explanation:
Or you could say that "scientific and, especially, humanitarian motives almost always provided a screen for colonial ambitions..."
There are many possible translations.
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...were almost always hidden behind the screen of scientific ...


Explanation:
Or you could say that "scientific and, especially, humanitarian motives almost always provided a screen for colonial ambitions..."
There are many possible translations.

Marco Solinas
Local time: 22:19
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  mrrafe: or facade - connotes more disingenuousness than screen
32 mins

agree  Josephine Cassar
3 hrs

agree  martini
7 hrs

agree  Luca Gentili
7 hrs

agree  Lisa Jane: also facade
9 hrs

agree  Michael Korovkin: hid behind? It's always best to avoid the passive voice... or so I was told as a child...:)
12 hrs

agree  Luisa Salzano
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agree  EleoE
18 hrs

agree  Mary Carroll Richer LaFlèche
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agree  Simon Charass
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