Mussolini And The Origins Of The Second World War, 1933 - 1940

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This new study re-examines the controversial debate on Fascist Italy's road to international conflict that has raged for six decades. The author's privileged access to until now unseen archival materials allows him to assess the ideological, geopolitical, domestic and strategic considerations that shaped Mussolini's alliance with Hitler, and his subsequent decision to wage war against Great Britain and France in June 1940.

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"This is an excellent study of a little-known but important aspect of the Second World War. It has the great merit of being easy to read at the same time as using much unpublished material from the Italian State Archives."--Denis Mack Smith, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls, Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333748152
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Making of the Twentieth Century Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,529,286
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mallett is Visiting Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

1 Contrasting Interpretations of Mussolini and the Origins of the Second World War 1
2 A Tortuous Landscape 16
3 A New Alignment 32
4 The Holy War 48
5 Cementing the Bond 67
6 A Brutal Friendship 83
7 Passi Romani 106
8 'Not a Diaphragm, but an Axis' 128
9 'The Vital Need for Empire' 151
10 The Climacteric 174
11 Commitments 196
Conclusion 221
Notes and References 227
Select Bibliography 256
Index 261
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