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Italy Between Europe and the Mediterranean: Diplomacy and Naval Strategy from Unification to Nato, 1800's-2000 (Studies in Modern European History, Vol.21)

Marco Rimanelli

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ISBN 10: 0820428523 / ISBN 13: 9780820428529
Published by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 1997
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Italy Between Europe and the Mediterranean: ...

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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From her national unification in the years between 1859-1861 to the Cold War, Italy's diplomatic, military and naval strategies focused on becoming a major European and Mediterranean Power alongside established wealthier rivals. Cyclically, foreign and domestic political pressures both propelled and restrained Italy's drive for national security and regional pre-eminence in the Mediterranean, where a fluid, but still constraining, balance of power frustrated her efforts. Faced with insoluble contradictions between regional ambitions and limited resources, Italy creatively exploited both alliance-building in Europe and technological naval innovations to cyclically pursue her regional strategic aims during the Early-Liberal (1848-1896), Late-Liberal (1896-1922), Fascist (1922-1945), and Atlantic eras (1945-2000). But these efforts were doomed by faulty strategic planning and wavering governmental commitment to invest sufficient national resources in the Navy, thus exposing a fatal gap between Italy's prestigious peacetime military façade and her insufficient war-fighting capabilities to attain regional pre-eminence in wartime. This book also examines how the Post-Cold War era and the collapse of the Soviet Union's threat, further lessened Italy's politico-financial pressure to assume a leading role in the Mediterranean.

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The Author: Marco Rimanelli is Associate Professor in European Affairs and Security at Saint Leo College in Tampa, Florida. From 1991 to 1992, he was Foreign Affairs Officer on U.S.-Soviet nuclear weapons at the United States Arms Control & Disarmament Agency, The State Department, Washington, D.C. From 1987 to 1991, he was Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Rimanelli received his Ph.D. (1989) in U.S.-European Affairs & Strategy from The Johns Hopkins University-School of Advanced International Studies. He has received several awards including a NATO Fellowship, a Foster Fellowship and a West Point Fellowship. Dr. Rimanelli has published numerous articles as well as a book entitled, The 1891 New Orleans Lynching and U.S.-Italian Relations (Lang, 1992)

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