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The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922-1940

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A comprehensive analysis of American foreign policy and Mussolini's Italy. Schmitz argues that the U.S. desire for order, interest in Open Door trade, and concern about left-wing revolution led American policymakers to welcome Mussolini's coming to power and to support fascism in Italy for most of the interwar period.

Originally published in 1988.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by University of North Carolina Press
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I read this because Chomsky quotes it in Deterrnig Democracy. It details US-Italian relations (from the point of view of US policymakers) and describes in detail how (surprise!) US authorities were very favorable to Mussolini, particularly because he brought the unions under control.

It details all of the various ways in which the US favored fascist italy - debt reductions, foreign investment, favorable loan conditions...

All of which, of course, independently of which US political party was in
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David F. Schmitz holds the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

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