- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: December 2020
- Print publication year: 2020
- Online ISBN: 9781108924009
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108924009
This is an important reassessment of British and Italian grand strategies during the First World War. Stefano Marcuzzi sheds new light on a hitherto overlooked but central aspect of Britain and Italy's war experiences: the uneasy and only partial overlap between Britain's strategy for imperial defence and Italy's ambition for imperial expansion. Taking Anglo-Italian bilateral relations as a special lens through which to understand the workings of the Entente in World War I, he reveals how the ups-and-downs of that relationship influenced and shaped Allied grand strategy. Marcuzzi considers three main issues – war aims, war strategy and peace-making – and examines how, under the pressure of divergent interests and wartime events, the Anglo-Italian 'traditional friendship' turned increasingly into competition by the end of the war, casting a shadow on Anglo-Italian relations both at the Peace Conference and in the interwar period.
John Gooch - University of Leeds
John Horne - Trinity College Dublin
Vanda Wilcox - John Cabot University
Charles Coutinho Source: International Affairs
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