The Italian Navy and Fascist Expansionism, 1935-1940 [NOOK Book]

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Challenging the views of Benito Mussolini's Italian biographer, Renzo De Felice, this book argues that the Duce aggressive war against the predominant Mediterranean powers, Britain and France, was the only means whereby Italy might secure access to the world's oceans. Following Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Mussolini actively pursued the Italo-German alliance which he believed would enable him to conquer a Fascist empire stretching from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. By the eve of Italy's entry into the...
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The Italian Navy and Fascist Expansionism, 1935-1940

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Challenging the views of Benito Mussolini's Italian biographer, Renzo De Felice, this book argues that the Duce aggressive war against the predominant Mediterranean powers, Britain and France, was the only means whereby Italy might secure access to the world's oceans. Following Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Mussolini actively pursued the Italo-German alliance which he believed would enable him to conquer a Fascist empire stretching from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. By the eve of Italy's entry into the Second World War the Fascist administration had commissioned substantial new capital-ship programmes, and created a major surface and underwater fleet that seemed to pose a serious challenge to the strategic position of Great Britain in the Mediterranean and Red Sea.
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Analyzes the effects of Mussolini's pro-German policy on the policy- making and strategic planning of Italy's navy as well as outlining the major political, strategic, and economic factors that shaped Italy's naval policy under Mussolini. The author examines the effectiveness of naval operational planning in light of the international crises that dominated the pre-war period and, arguing that Mussolini had a clear and predetermined plan for war against Western powers alongside Nazi Germany, examines the role played by the Italian naval high command in Mussolini's quest for empire. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary of Terms
Map of the Key Strategic Points in the Mediterranean
Introduction 1
1 Crisis in the Mediterranean 7
2 Plans for Expansion 48
3 Tension in the Mediterranean 92
4 Peace and War 130
5 War 166
Conclusion 191
Appendices 197
Archival and Documentary Sources 218
Bibliography 221
Index 235
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