Benito Mussolini And The Fascist Party Essay

1890 Words Nov 28th, 2016 8 Pages
Benito Mussolini formed the Fascist Party in March of 1919, and during 1921 the Fascist Party joined Italy’s coalition government. In order to gain a strong political influence, the Fascist Party depended on the mobilization of its supporters. The Fascists were politically contentious in that they sought political overthrow of the current governmental structure. Contentious politics often require mobilization because if the group does not have overwhelming support, it would be difficult to alter the current structure that is either well-supported, systematically maintained, or maintained due to power imbalance. Through utilization of multiple forms of propaganda, Mussolini was able to achieve many supporters and build a great following throughout Italy. Propaganda, such as marches, posters, slogans, and radio were all used throughout the Fascist era. They were all used in order to communicate across a population in an attempt to influence their behavior by affecting their perceptions, attitudes and opinions of the Fascist government and perpetuate a nationalist pride. Mussolini was able to use propaganda to persuade the perceptions, attitudes and opinions of many of the Italian population to support his regime. After the end of WWI in 1918, Italy was so politically divided that it had lead to severe discontent among the country’s middle class. All throughout Italy there was economic stress due to the countries “tax revenues being halted and the rise of inflation”.…

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