Neutrality and War in Italian policy 1939-40

@article{Cliadakis1974NeutralityAW,
  title={Neutrality and War in Italian policy 1939-40},
  author={Harry Cliadakis},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={1974},
  volume={9},
  pages={171 - 190}
}
In the summer of 1939 the Fascist government of Italy was not prepared for nor did it wish to go to war. Neither did it wish to break its ideological solidarity with Nazi Germany. Therefore, Italian diplomacy during the period between September 1939 and October 1940 had as its major objective the achievement of a negotiated peace in which a balance of power between the ideological camps of fascism and democracy would be ensured. What follows is a description of the pressures and the processes… 
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