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Why did Italy invade Abyssinia?

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Nelson Kin

on 11 June 2015

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Transcript of Why did Italy invade Abyssinia?

Benito Mussolini was born in 1883 in Dovia di Predappio, Forlì, Italy.
Who was Mussolini?
Why did Italy invade Abyssinia?
Mussolini was the fascist dictator of Italy, dreaming of building a new Roman Empire.
In 1919, he created the fascist party, eventually making himself the dictator and holding all the power in Italy.
He was killed by his own people on April 28 1945, in Italy.
What did he do?
In 1935, Mussolini invaded Abyssinia.
Abyssinia was no match for Italy as they were equipped with armoured cars and aircrafts.
Abyssinia were quite primitive as they were using out of dates weapons such as spears, out of date rifles, riding on horsebacks etc.
Why did he do it?
"We do not intend to control everything, but we do ask other powers that they should not block the expansion of Fascist Italy."
A statement by Mussolini in 1934 about Italy's role in Africa.
Mussolini himself admitted that the economy depression known as the "Great Depression" was at it's very worst. He needed something to distract Italians away from the problems in Italy and he believed that war was a way out of depression. This shows that he is very nationalistic.
Where did it happen?
The war took place in Addis Ababa.
Mussolini's plan was to incorporate Abyssinia into his Roman Empire.
League Of Nations's response
Abyssinia and Italy were both members of the League Of Nations
After pressure from public opinion, Britain and France persuaded the League to impose some economic sanctions on Italy.
Weapons and some goods could not be sold to Italy.
Italian goods could not be bought.
However, oil still could bought by other countries. Oil was vital to Italy and taking it away would have been hard for Italy.
How was Mussolini able to invade Abyssinia
France and Britain allowed Mussolini to move troops through the Suez Canel.
Primarily, the reason was Britain and France didn't want Mussolini to be allies with Hitler and it is clear they didn't want to upset Mussolini.
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