At the end of World War I, there were some nations that were unhappy with the terms of the Versailles Treaty. Germany and Italy were two of these countries. Germany believed the treaty was too harsh on them. Italy believed they didn’t get as much land as they thought they should have received from the treaty. The leaders of both countries wanted to get revenge for the poor treatment they believed each country received.
Benito Mussolini became the leader of Italy. He wanted to return Italy to the glory days of the Roman Empire. One of the things he did was begin to take aggressive actions toward other countries. In 1935, Italy invaded the African country of Ethiopia. Mussolini hoped to expand Italy’s empire. He also wanted to get resources from Ethiopia that could be used to help the Italian economy. Mussolini later went on to invade Albania in 1939. Italy, Germany, and Japan were allies during World War II. Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia was one of many aggressive actions by these countries before the start of World War II.