Italy and the Spanish Civil War 1936-39Why did Italy intervene?Taking military action was in line with the Fascist idealsoCentral role of war + societyoRe-establish Mediterranean Roman EmpireHoped to gain naval basesMussolini: close connections to right-wing groups in SpainoBUT: Mussolini didn’t have a clear plan + the war raged on far longer than anticipatedStop spread of communism to prevent them from attaining a strategically important positionIntended to weaken France (part of his wider foreign policy objectives)oPrevent France from gaining influenceIntended to strengthen his strategic positionResults of intervention
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