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Explain the attitudes of the Neutralists and Interventionists to Italys entry in the First World War

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Explain the attitudes of the Neutralists and Interventionists to Italy?s entry in the First World War On the eve of the First World War, Italy?s political landscape was changing. One of the key issues that divided the different parties was the question on whether or not they should go to war. Those that supported the war were known as Interventionists. Interventionist parties included the Futurists, Nationalists, some Socialists and some Liberals. The Futurists, led by Marinetti, desired war because they wished to see Italy be restored to the great nation it once was. They believed that the people were too stuck in the past, so they wished to destroy all records and start again ? they hoped war would help achieve this goal. ...read more.


Only a minority of socialists supported the war, including Mussolini. He left the Socialists to join the Nationalists as he saw the war as a way of regenerating Italy and hoped it might also get rid of the weak Liberal government. He too wanted to make Italy great again. He joined Nationalist protests and demonstrations. As a result, he and many of his supporters were expelled from the party. As for the Liberals, the main Interventionist liberal was Salandra. He hoped that war would help unite the nation, and that the liberals could claim the credit for restoring Italy. He also believed that the war would be short and would strengthen the Liberal government as they would be credited for winning the war. ...read more.


The socialists condemned the war as a capitalist scheme. Liberals such as Giolitti shared these sentiments, as well as being concerned about the state of the Italian army. Many Liberals opposed the idea of entering the war. About 100, led by Giolitti, believed that Italy wasn?t ready for war and that war would be bad for Italian society and economy. The Catholic Church were unhappy about the idea of the war and fighting other Catholic countries like Austria. They kept diplomatically quiet. The Italian public were also apathetic about the idea of war but supported the belief that participation might lead to territorial gains from the Austrian Empire. ...read more.

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