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The sea and the rise of the dictators: Italy, 1919–1940

Knox, Macgregor (2017) The sea and the rise of the dictators: Italy, 1919–1940. In: Buchet, Christian and Rodger, N.A.M., (eds.) The Sea in History - The Modern World. Boydell & Brewer, Martlesham, UK, 542 - 552. ISBN 9781783271603

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781782049111.054


Poets and visionaries had lamented that Italy was “the prisoner of the Mediterranean”; Mussolini took the phrase as a guide to strategy and built up a modern navy “to gain free access to the oceans.” In practice, command of the central Mediterranean proved to be excessively ambitious without aircraft carriers or air force cooperation, and Italy lacked the oil to fuel its new battlefleet.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
V Naval Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 15:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:14

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