Mussolini in Ethiopia, 1919–1935: The Origins of Fascist Italy's African War

TitleMussolini in Ethiopia, 1919–1935: The Origins of Fascist Italy's African War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMallett, Robert
Number of Pages228
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityNew York

Mussolini in Ethiopia, 1919–1935 looks in detail at the evolution of the Italian Fascist regime's colonial policy within the context of European politics and the rise to power of German National Socialism. It delves into the tortuous nature of relations between the National Fascist Party and the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), while demonstrating how, ultimately, a Hitler–led Germany proved the best mechanism for overseas Italian expansion in East Africa. The book assesses the emergence of an ideologically driven Fascist colonial policy from 1931 onwards and how this eventually culminated in a serious clash of interests with the British Empire. Benito Mussolini's successful flouting of the League of Nations' authority heralded a new dark era in world politics and continues to have its resonance in today's world.

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