The Italian Maneuvers and Greek-Italian Rivalry in Asia Minor: March – June 1919

People crowded into boats to escape from the Catastrophe of Smyrna 1922. (Photo: Museum of Asia Minor Hellenism "Filio Hademenou" in Nea Filadelfeia, Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bollari)

During the first half of 1919, Italy, of all the major powers, was the most active in Anatolia. However its Allied partners: Britain and France and Associated partner: the United States (also referred to as the Big Three) did not recognize its territorial claims to Fiume, the Adriatic and Asia Minor. David Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister considered  the Greece of Eleftherios Venizelos an important factor in the protection of British vital interests in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Italy aggressively pushed …

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  1. Indeed, read PARIS 1919, By Margaret MacMillan. YOu will find out how much Yiayia lied to you.

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