Essay history As germany and italy

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How successful were Giolitti’s government in promoting political stability in Italy in the years 1903 -1914?
Giolitti’s government was extremely unsuccessful in promoting political stability in Italy. It seemed that the Italian liberal state suffered from political divisions all over the country; this was something no other Liberal western power had experience in the years 1903 to 1914. However under the ‘political divisions’, Giolitti was trying to reform and modernise Italy during his periods in power as Prime Minister. Giolitti and his government attempted to broaden support for Liberalism by appealing to traditionally hostile groups such as the Catholics and the working-class, created a grand trasformismo (a key concept used to
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However, the cost of war led to a suspension of promised social reforms. The war was used to justify the extension of the franchise; it was impossible to ask the men to fight and then deny them political rights. The electorate rose significantly from 3 million to 8.5 million.
Giolitti only sought to somehow tame the growing working class through concessions and only tried to avoid confrontation with the church. He hoped to produce a stable and prosperous Italy. His achievements can be considered despite the continuous strikes. He delivered a number of social reforms and living standards and wages rose significantly.
In conclusion, Giolitti’s government was remarkably successful in creating political stability. They handled a series of difficult issues with great skill. However, the fact that they did not manage to solve all of Italy’s political problems is not the point. They gave Italy nearly 14 years of prosperity and stability.

To what extent does disappointment with the outcome of the First World War explain the weaknesses of the liberal state 1919-1922?
Before, during and after the outbreak of World War One, Italy could be described as weak and divided. Economic growth had been slowed by massive state spending on war related items. By the end of the war Italy faced a serious budget deficit. The war deepened the North-South divide. With the more industrialized northern economy, the southern peasants increased

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