The abyssinian invasion

History Homework 

1- Why did Italy invade Abyssinia in 1935?

2- What were the British, French and German reactions to the invasion?

3- What was the League of Nation’s reaction?

4- What was the Hoare-Laval Pact? What impact did it have on the League?

5- “It is us today. It will be you tomorrow.” Who said this, where and why?

6- What did Germany, Japan, Italy and Spain sign between 1936 and 1941?


  1. She did it as revenge because of the failure of her previous invasions. Italy invaded Abyssinia because she was worried about Germany’s rearmament, Hitler’s power and her union with Austria. They were competing (imperialism). Also, the aim was to distract her people from the económicas crisis the country was going through. 
  2. They do not object to Italy doing this. Hitler shared Mussolini’s idea of expanding his empire. 
  3. It generated a trade ban that prohibited the selling of oil, so that they couldn’t have a modern army. However, the USA continued trading with Italy. 
  4. Hoare: British Politician, Laval: French politician. They attempted to do a Secret Deal outside the LoN with Mussolini. In this deal Mussolini would receive the best parts of Abyssinia and the poorer parts would be left independent. However the public got to know about the deal. What left France and Britain in a terrible and disappointing position for its people as they were the main members of the LoN and where going against what they personally proposed. 
  5. Haile Selassie said this, the Emperor of Ethiopia. It was in a speech he made for the League of Nations.
  6. Italy, Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern pact, trying to stop communism and promising to help each other if they were threatened by communists. In 1936, Spain signed the pact too. 

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