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Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War by Effie G. H. Pedaliu (auth.)

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More significantly neither Italy nor America were ready, at this stage, to assume the task of reconstruction. Italy lacked both the administrative and financial resources to undertake the task alone. The Americans still viewed the Mediterranean as a British sphere of influence and did so right up to the second half of 1946. The British did make efforts to encourage a degree of American involvement in order to share some of the financial burdens involved but the latter proved extremely reluctant to be drawn into any 42 Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War concrete commitments to the Italian military if only because of the fact that American surpluses in Italy were not sufficient to achieve the task.

51 From early on, the Italian state had displayed a determined reticence over the issue. 52 The government, led by Ferrucio Parri, was equally protective of Italian interests and resisted any intrusion into Italian affairs by Yugoslavia, which it 20 Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War regarded as a predatory and hostile power. 53 By autumn 1945, Britain found itself having to perform a balancing act between an uncooperative Italy and an increasingly suspicious and ill-tempered Yugoslavia.

The first UNWCC list, which had been passed to the Italians in the summer of 1945, had not produced a single response, let alone the detection or apprehension of any alleged Italian war criminal. 51 From early on, the Italian state had displayed a determined reticence over the issue. 52 The government, led by Ferrucio Parri, was equally protective of Italian interests and resisted any intrusion into Italian affairs by Yugoslavia, which it 20 Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War regarded as a predatory and hostile power.

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