Limited Foreign Policy 1923-1928

Mussolini's foreign policies 1923-28

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Corfu 1923.

  • Bombarded by Italian Navy and then occupied.
  • Forced to retreat by Britain and France.
  • Why: Italian general Tellini assassinated on Corfu and Corfu refused to apologise or pay 50 million lira compensation to Italy.
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Fiume 1924.

  • Mussolini bargained with Yugoslavia.
  • Original occupation 1919 failed: wanted it back.
  • No violence used.
  • Seen as a success.
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Locarno Pact 1925.

  • Guaranteed integrity of N. European frontiers.
  • Mussolini posed as major European statesman: propaganda value.
  • Won support of Britain and France.
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Albania 1926.

  • 1924: Ahmed Zog took Italian control of Albania.
  • Friendship treaty.
  • First step in Fascist imperial expansion..
  • Not complete control but Albania virtually a satellite state.
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Kellogg-Briand Pact 1928.

  • Outlawed another war.
  • The 65 countries who signed said that they wanted peace.
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