Such were the changes wrought by the war. Throughout Europe, the 1920’s were dominated by the after effects of World War I. Particularly speaking of the revolutions that took place after the First World War in Western Europe, many factors contributed to their failure.
To analyze the circumstances that led to the failure of the Italian revolution, we must take a look on the political, economical happenings on the Italian scene before, during and after the First World War.
That period of the Italian history presents in general a most melancholy spectacle (Modern European History, 153). This period was indeed marked by the failure in developing effective parliamentary institutions. Power remained in the hands of two coalitions of parties, the Left and the Right. No essential differences were to be found between the two parties so the odds of building a constructive debate or alternation of power were slim. In fact, the hostility of the church continued to embarrass Italian governments. Not until 1904 did the pope officially allow Catholics to vote and no Catholic party was founded until 1919. From the late 1880s national discontent showed itself in the growth of an extreme socialist movement (Modern European History, 154). The resort to violence in national life was distressing. In Milan, riots in Milan led to the death of 80 people on 1987, three years later, King Humbert was murdered. Between 1901 and 1913, Giolitti, an Italian statesman laid the foundations of a Welfare state and made genuine attempts to help the South, leading consequently to an improvement in the quality of life matched by the radical progress of the Italian economy.
On 2 August 1914 the Italian government announced that it would be neutral (Europe between the wars, 131). The government feared Germany’s power and did not wish to antagonize Austria-Hungary to not decrease its chances of taking some territories in compensation for Trentino and Albania.The Italian public approved this