The First World War: Italy stays neutral

Reasons as to why Italy adopted a policy of neutrality during ww1.

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  • Why did Italy adopt a policy of neutrality during the First World War?
    • Italy was under no formal obligation to offer support
    • Wanted to preserve friendly relations with Britain.
    • Population as a whole favoured neutrality.
    • Italy lacked economic strength required for a major war.
    • Nation could gain a great deal by bargaining with both sides to stay out of the war.


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