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(x) asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Italy attacks Ethiopia in search of a 2nd Roman Empire = PRECURSOR?!?

Italy attacks Ethiopia in search of a 2nd Roman Empire.

What happened here? How was it a precursor to WW2?

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    Hi,

    Let's go through this step by step:

    - Germany is at the brink of war. And the opposing forces are eying each other. Italy hasn't joined the Axis yet, and the Allies do not want Mussolini to even think of it, and he knows that.

    - Meanwhile, the Italian economy is in shambles and the people are restless and starting to grumble. Mussolini has to do something to turn the people's attention away from him. So he comes up with 'the second Roman Empire' and the 'revenge for Adowa.'

    - The Italians invade Ethiopia, and the Emperor Hailesellasie I of Ethiopia makes a plea to the world to stop the Fascists and help. But the USA and the Allies (who are now fighting the Nazis), still fearing that Mussolini might join the Axis decide to ignore Ethiopia. Later, they will all pass judgment which basically says:

    - An arms embargo on Italy, whom everyone knows has it's own steel and is a manufacturer of arms.

    -An arms embargo on Ethiopia too, whom everyone knows had full faith in the League of Nations (Ethiopia was the only free African signatory member) and was totally unprepared for war because it believed in 'collective security for surety' and had only traditional weapons like spear and swords and old rusted rifles, a few cannons and almost no aircraft.

    Too late, after WWII started, the British realized by occupying Ethiopia and then joining the colony with Libya it could cut the British Empire in Africa in two and also be a threat to both the Mediterranean and Red Seas. It was only then that they kicked into action. General (then Major) Orde Wingate created the 'Gideon Force' that fought a guerrilla warfare that helped to oust the Italians.

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  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It is true that no nation intervened to help Ethiopia, but the impassioned speech by its ruler, Haile Selassie, impressed many and (like the asault on Nanking) made more people conscious of the effects of Axis expansionism. This ultimately led to demands for a stop to it, so when the Axis wouldn't comply e,g, at Poland, the result was WWII.

  • 5 years ago

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