Benito Mussolini Rise To Power

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Benito Mussolini became the “Italian prime minister from 1922 to 1943, and was one of the first 20th century fascist dictators” (Ecyclopaedia Britannica). Mussolini, also known as the Duce which translates to “The Leader” in Italian, sought to expand Italy’s territory as well as make Italy a hegemony among the other world powers. Bernhard makes a powerful statement that “it was [Mussolini’s] regime, not Nazism, that set the standard for right-wing dictatorships in Europe and beyond” (620). Adolf Hitler became the “leader of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party from 1920 to 1921 and chancellor and Führer of Germany from 1933 to 1945.” (Ecyclopaedia Britannica). Adolf Hitler was known as the Führer which meant “Leader” in German. Both Mussolini …show more content…
According to Bernhard, “The dictator’s dream was to create an immense empire that stretched from Libya and Abyssinia to Egypt, the Sudan, and other territories in the Horn of Africa” (620). In order to be able to conquer all these territories, Mussolini planned to use his troops even though “The country was ill-prepared to fight a modern war. The soldiers, many of whom were semi-literate and has trained, bore equipment that was old and inefficient” (Burgwyn 20). Despite this, Mussolini remained firm in his determination to conquer many …show more content…
Mussolini on the other hand had no limits in terms of his army. If he wanted to dominate a new territory or sent his army to fight, it was done in a disorganized manner which costed the lives of millions of men. According to James Burgwyn “Mussolini was ready to fight with no holds barred. Whereas Hitler planned to occupy the apex in the “New Europe” hierarchy of people and aimed at world domination, the Duce would preside as an emperor over the Mediterranean and the Balkans”(70).Hitler had one goal yet also knew how to control his army and knew when to send his troops. Mussolini on the other hand had no limits in terms of his army. If he wanted to dominate a new territory or sent his army to fight, it was done in a disorganized manner which costed the lives of millions of men. He went against all regards of the Italian people because he saw war as a necessary evil, as a “normal condition of life”(Burgwyn

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