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Sections of a speech by Mussolini to the Fascist Grand Council, 7 April 1932, on Italy’s economic problems
(Catalogue ref: WO 204/948, translated from a document found in Mussolini’s villa by Allied troops in 1945)
WO 204/948; transcript of speech by Mussolini, 1932 WO 204/948; transcript of speech by Mussolini, 1932
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Transcript
WO 204/948; transcript of speech by Mussolini, 1932

Questions

  1. According to this source, what problems did Italians face?

  2. Mussolini does not mention war in this speech, but he does want to find a political solution to Italy’s problems. In what ways might a successful foreign war help solve these problems?