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On the Fiery March: Mussolini Prepares for War

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Overview

By the 1930s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini reached the conclusion that Italy faced a clear choice: expand its power at the expense of the British and French Empires or face stagnation and decline. He believed that the regimes in the democratic West would not be able to contain their inherent hostility toward fascist dynamism, while their demographic and political weaknesses provided the opportunity for the younger, demographically virile fascist Italy to carve a new empire in the Mediterranean status quo.

Through his intervention in the Spanish Civil War and his attempts to challenge French Power in Europe and British imperial domination of the Middle East and East Africa, Mussolini sought to decisively change Italy's long-standing position as the least of the Great Powers. Although the Pact of Steel did not always function smoothly, Mussolini remained loyal to its principles, eventually throwing Italy into the Second World War, where he would belatedly discover that his regime had signally failed to prepare his legions for fighting in a modern war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275979379
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Series: International History Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

G. BRUCE STRANG is Assistant Professor of History at Lakehead University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Series Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Mussolini's Mentalite 13
2 Toward the Axis 39
3 The Spanish Imbroglio and the Strengthening of the Axis 73
4 The Easter Accord and the Flourishing of the Axis 121
5 The Czech Crisis and the March to the Sea 173
6 The Pact of Steel 229
7 War or Peace 275
Denouement and Conclusion 339
Appendix 347
Selected Bibliography 351
Index 365
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