Essay about Italy 's Foreign Policy Goals

810 Words Apr 21st, 2016 4 Pages
One of Italy’s most hated men in history is their former fascist Prime Minister, Benito Mussolini. Mussolini ruled over Italy from the years 1922 until 1943, when he was dismissed by King Victor Emmanuel and his position was filled by Pietro Badoglio. During Mussolini’s reign as prime minister of Italy he created foreign policy objectives, affected countries with his policies, and signed the “Pact of Steel”.

While Benito Mussolini was the prime minister of Italy he aimed to make his country an unquestionable Great Power. To achieve the status of being a Great Power, Mussolini first created his foreign policy goals. However, Mussolini felt that his foreign policy goals were inhibited by England and France. As England and France kept the Italians from reaching their military bases in the Mediterranean region. Within the foreign policy Mussolini wished to restore a modern day Roman Empire, gain greater influence in North Africa, uphold a huge Italian navy in the Mediterranean, avenge an earlier Italian defeat in Ethiopia, and have in place a German-Italian union in order to follow through with his goals. The main reason for these goals being put in place, was Mussolini wanted to prepare Italy for a possible war against England and France. Of these goals, Mussolini was able to only achieve a small amount due to him being dismissed of the position as prime minister. Also, it was not until Hitler rose to power in Germany that Mussolini was able to gain freedom in taking action…

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