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See 'Midnight in Sicily' by Peter Robb for an informative account of mafia/ US 7th Army colloboration.


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Compared to the Great Powers, Italy had two important disadvantages: 1) she started later and 2) she was smaller. No Great Power had both those disadvantages. Italy had about the same land area and population as the United Kingdom. But the UK was the "home" of the Industrial Revolution, and had a "head start" of half, or even three quarters of a century. ...



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