Essay about Benito Mussolini 's Prime Minister

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Benito Mussolini came to power in 1922 as the Duce of Italy, more commonly known as Italy’s prime minister. (www.bbc.co.uk) He was not elected prime minister by the people of Italy, instead the king deemed him this title as many citizens truly believed Mussolini could return Italy to greatness after their defeat in WW1. Thus suggesting Mussolini came to power by default, as the country was in a weak and vulnerable position after the debacle of WW1, and not by his own strengths.

Benito Mussolini was an Italian journalist, politician, and leader of the Facist party in which he founded in the March of 1919. The right-wing organisation supported nationalism, wore black t-shirts for their uniform and initiated a program of unrest and intimidation against its left-wing, socialist opponents. (www.history.com)
Mussolini had a group of nationalists known as an ‘action squad’, who promoted terror and violence and who set panic upon political opponents, named the ‘black shirts’. The ‘black shirts’ attacked and destroyed the organisations of socialists, communists, republicans, catholics and trade unionists, and provided the pretext for the march on Rome which put Mussolini into power. (www.brittanica.com)

Italy was apart of a triple alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary. However in August 1914 Germany invaded Belgium and WW1 began, and Italy waited to see how far the war would go before they had to intervene, therefore they did not join the alliance. Instead, Italy joined the…

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