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Fascist Italy Style over substance To what extent is this true of Italy 1924-39 Mussolini did not rule with hand of iron in Italy and he was much more into propaganda and his own popularity Yet he did achieve some victories for Italy The substance Vs style issue can be looked at in a number of places eg social policy cult of Mussolini etc Mussolini came to power in 1922 without any clear ideas about foreign policy but in just under a few months he had established a general aim to make Italy great respected and feared Italy would achieve this through a military strengthening diplomatic intrigue and if necessary war Yet he did not have the opportunity to expand because there were no suitable opportunities and domestic issues required close attention Mussolini was attempting to take Yugoslavia and In 1926 Albania became a satellite state for Italy and was threatening Yugoslavia with greater force This maintained Italys aggressive foreign policy was a promising start Yet he was improving European relations in the west by signing such treaties as the Lucerne pact and the Kellogg- Briand pact These meant little to Mussolini who often would not even read them He was interested being taken seriously as a European statesman and hoped it would enhance his prestige at home He often made extravagant entrances at international conferences which were always extensively covered by the press This is an obvious example of style over substance The Italians were led to believe that Mussolini was equal in Europe his input was crucial This was a gross exaggeration He only attended one session at the Lucerne pact and did not even read the final treaty In 1933 when Hitler came to power the nazi regime scared and horrified Britain and France Mussolini used this he knew that they feared Germany allying with other countries so he agreed to the Stress front on condition
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