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Jonathan Then History 1000C Essay 3 Midterm Italy After World War I show how each of the following led to the rise of a dictatorship aEconomic conditions bWeakness of parliamentary government cLack of democratic foundation dFear of communism eStrong leadership Giolittis resignation in March 1914 a new government was formed by the more conservative Antonio Salandra In June came Red Week a period of widespread rioting throughout Romagna and the Marche which was precipitated by the killing of three antimilitarist demonstrators at Ancona When World War I broke out in August the Salandra government stayed neutral and began to negotiate with both sidesa policy described by Foreign Minister Sidney Sonnino as sacred egoism The Austrians eventually agreed to grant Trentino to Italy but the Entente France Britain and Russia made a more generous offer promising Italy not only Trentino but also South Tyrol Trieste Gorizia Istria and northern Dalmatia The Italians accepted this offer at the secret Treaty of London April 1915 and joined the war against Austria-Hungary a month later hoping for major territorial gains The negotiations conducted by the foreign and prime ministers and a handful of diplomats had been kept secret The majority of deputies meanwhile favored neutrality as did former Prime Minister Giolitti the major opposition groups Catholics and Socialists and most of the population War therefore was supported only by the conservatives in government by the Nationalist Association a group formed in 1910 by Enrico Corradini and others to support Italian expansionism by some Liberals who saw it as the culmination of the Risorgimentos fight for national unity by Republicans and reformist Socialists who knew nothing of the Treaty of London and thought they were fighting for national liberation and by some syndicalists and extremist Socialistsincluding Benito Mussolini editor of the Socialist Party newspaperwho thought the war would bring about the overthrow of capitalism Mussolini was soon expelled from the Socialist Party but with help from the Entente
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