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How did Mussolini come into Power.
Posted 08 September 2003 - 12:03 PM
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.
Posted 22 September 2003 - 03:39 PM
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
Posted 22 September 2003 - 04:46 PM
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