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German Pacts Pact of Steel Rise of international tensions o Mussolini’s invasion of Albania Wanted to show his independence Increase international importance Looked like a coordinated action with Germany: Britain + France immediately issued guarantees to Greece + Romania Germany supported the invasion Pact of Steel o Agreement to come to each others aid o Mussolini was weary of getting involved in a full-scale war Hitler: intent on immediate war with Poland Nazi-Soviet Pact 1939, Summer o Western democracies + Hitler approached the Soviet Union for an alliance Hitler: highly desirable prevent alliance with Britain + France, secure Soviet neutrality: prevent two-front conflict o Soviet Union: favoured alliance with Britain + France 1934: joined League of Nations West: suspicious of communist government (they distrusted each
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