The National Archives
Heroes & Villains
Mussolini & Abyssinia
Why invade Abyssinia?
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Map showing European colonies in East Africa, c.1935
Which two European countries controlled most of North and East Africa?
How did the Italian empire compare to these empires?
Look at the position of the colonies Italy already controlled. In what way would the location of these two colonies make an invasion of Abyssinia seem like a good idea?