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How did Mussolini come into Power.

#1 User is offline   Aussie 

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 12:03 PM

Hello,
I would like to know indepth into how Mussolini and the Fascist Party came to power.Could any one please tell me exactly how they came to power.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 03:39 PM

Aussie,
Benito came to power much as Hitler did, only years before he did. Italy (and the world) was still in turmoil after WWI, economic and political. Italy had been on the winning side, but nonetheless, they truly did not profit from the victory. The author Walter Laqueur reasoned that Italy was still trying to grapple with nationalism since Italy had only been unified into one country for two generations.
Mussolini was an ex-soldier (in WWI), newspaper editor and author. Basically, Mussolini came to the forefront because he willingly accepted the position of leadership. It held risk, but he went for it. He helped to arrange a widespread strike that got goverment attention, then he offered (demanded) to become Prime Minister. He promised a party without partisanship. He promised a party that pursued unity and the common good. In some ways, he delivered on that promise (he almost eradicated the Mafia in Southern Italy). The King (Vittorio Emmanuele) abdicated (his power, not his crown) to Mussolini. Mussolini promised to restore glory to Italy and to transform Italy into the Roman Empire of old.
My father-in-law always spoke well of Mussolini. To him, Mussolini represented order and, at least, the chance of better things. Yes, he made the trains run on time. In my opinion, Mussolini's greatest legacy was that he stepped to the side when confronted by the King in 1943 (The King to Mussolini -"you are the most hated man in Italy.") Mussolini was not the hideous monster that Hitler was. Mussolini realized that Italy was in no position to continue, and rather than submerge Italy into bloody civil war, he relinquished power. (Of course, Hitler then came to the "rescue.")I realize that Mussolini caused much of Italy's suffering, but had Italy not sided with Germany, God knows what might have happened.
Geez, I thought I was going to make it short!!
Ciao for now
Rob
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Posted 22 September 2003 - 04:46 PM

one correction: Mussolini didn't organize the strike. it was the socialists who organized it. It was their last ditch effort to come to power. The Socialists had been the leading extremist party from 1919 on but then in 1921 their grip began to slip rapidly as Fascism spread like wildfire among Italy's non "proletarian (by which I mean factory workers)" especially among the peasants. When they attempted the strike Mussolini handed the government an ultimatum saying that if the government did not stop the strike, he would use his Squadristi to put the workers in their place. If I remember correctly this caused a crisis within the Italian government which was mired in indecision and so Mussolini declared a March on Rome. The Prime Minister at the time resigned and no one was willing to replace him. Finally, Giolloti was asked but he took so long to reply that in the meantime Mussolini was asked and accepted the office.
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Posted 28 September 2003 - 11:57 PM

Thank You Both.
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