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What was Mussolini's role in the outbreak of World War 2?  

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Benito Mussolini did not play a very direct role in the outbreak of WWII.  Italy did not start the war.  In fact, it did not even enter the war until Germany had already defeated France.  Therefore, we cannot say that Mussolini played a very large role in starting the war.

While Mussolini did not play a direct role in starting the war, he contributed to it in three indirect ways.  First, Mussolini was an inspiration for Hitler and the Nazis.  Mussolini and his fascist movement took power in Italy more than a decade before the Nazis came to power in Germany.  The Nazis shared many beliefs with the Italian fascists and...

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