Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935

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Why did Italy invade Abyssinia?

  • Revenge- previously failed to invade Abyssinia
  • Abyssinia had rich & fertile land & mineral wealth
  • Recovering from world economic depression
  • Saw Manchuria--> league weak?

Excuse for invasion?

  • Border dispute between Abyssinia & Italian Somaliland
  • Haille Selasse appealed to league
  • Mussolini negotiated with league

What did league do?

  • At first Britain & France failed to take situation seriously as they wanted to keep good relations with Italy from the Stresa Pact.
  • After 8 months league decided…


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