Pre-War and Post-War Imperialism in Africa

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Desire of Italy and Germany for Colonial Expansion

Italy's Dispute with Abyssinia and recent Nazi moves to condition reentrance into the League of Nations on recognition of Germany's right to acquire colonies reflect the growing power of expansionist sentiment, in Italy and Germany. In the 40 years preceding the World War, almost the whole of Africa was partitioned off by the powers of Europe, but in 1914 neither Italy nor Germany looked upon her colonial empire as sufficiently extensive to meet the demands of economic need or national prestige. Germany under the Versailles treaty was deprived of all of her colonies, while Italy considered as an unsatisfactory liquidation of her claims the territory she gained as a consequence of her entrance into the war on ...

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