Anglo-Italian Relations in the Middle East, 1922-1940 by Massimiliano Fiore

Anglo-Italian Relations in the Middle East, 1922-1940 by Massimiliano Fiore

By Massimiliano Fiore

Among 1923 and 1934, Britain and Italy waged struggle via proxy within the heart East. at the back of the looks of ecu collaboration, relatives among London and Rome within the pink Sea have been particularly demanding. even supposing realistically Mussolini couldn't identify or retain colonies within the Arabian Peninsula within the face of British competition, his regime undertook a few tasks within the area to reinforce Italo-Arab relatives and to pave the best way for destiny enlargement as soon as the stability of energy in Europe had shifted in Italy's favour. This ebook examines 4 key elements of family among Britain and Italy within the center East within the interwar interval: the disagreement among London and Rome for political impression between Arab leaders and nationalists; the contest for advertisement and alternate merits within the sector; the Anglo-Italian propaganda struggle to win the hearts and minds of the Arab populations; and, the key international of British and Italian espionage and intelligence. a close research of those 4 key components demonstrates how Anglo-Italian relatives broke down over the interwar interval and complements our wisdom and knowing of the standards major as much as the widening of the second one international struggle within the Mediterranean. This ebook is key analyzing for students taken with Anglo-Italian relatives, the actions of the Powers within the heart East and the tensions among the colonial powers.

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106 It followed, therefore, that the Fascist Regime was finally able to carry out a more aggressive imperial policy in the Red Sea. Large quantities of arms and ammunitions were continually smuggled to Hodeidah and a mission was dispatched to Sanaa in order to open negotiations for a new treaty and to settle outstanding questions between the two countries. 110 The war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen broke out in March 1934. Not only was the root of the conflict regional, but it was also indicative of the growing Anglo-Italian rivalry in the Arabian Peninsula and in the Red Sea and the way 106 ASMAE, AP 1931–1945, Arabia, b.

108 Minute written by Rendel, ‘Saudi-Yemeni Relations and Proposed AngloItalian Discussions Regarding Situation in Arabia’, 8 November 1933, E 6768/759/25 FO 371/16873. 109 Italy’s position was that Ibn Saud’s aggression in absorbing Asir four years earlier constituted the root of the problem and pressed Britain to accept a renewed conference to examine events since the 1927 Understanding and the situation which had developed subsequently. London rejected Italy’s proposal, signing a Treaty of Mutual Cooperation with Yemen in February 1934.

98 Excited by the possibility of redrawing the map of the Arabian Peninsula, Astuto secretly supplied the rebels with arms and ammunition. 99 Ignoring Rome’s repeated directives to conduct a ‘policy of strict neutrality’, Astuto allowed the conspirators to foment a revolt in Asir in conjunction with the activities in northern Hejaz. The news of the insurrection of the Idrisi himself raised his hopes of imminent territorial modifications. Cherishing vain illusions about the Farasan, the Governor persistently requested the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to support the rebels with war material.

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