Impact Of Benito Mussolini's Rise To Power

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To be a strong leader in the past, a person had to have a support group behind him. Without such a group, the rise to power was a very difficult task to complete. Popularity could make or break anyone that campaigned for or who already held positions of power. While there were other factors that contributed to the growth of power, including wealth, military force, and family history, a person’s authority prominently depended on the supporters. If a person in power was not favored, assassinations and exiles occurred. In the late 19th century the President of the French Republic, the Spanish Prime Minister, and Empress Elizabeth of Austria were all assassinated by Italian anarchists. The killings only emphasized the importance of being liked …show more content…
A major factor that played in to gaining the trust of the citizens was a person’s composure and his speech style. A man who was known for his great public-speaking ability was Benito Mussolini. Mussolini could capture an audience by his passionate, theatrical, and strong speeches. He started as a boy from the country with minimal interest in politics and grew in to a prime minister then later became dictator. Mussolini was an example of how big of an impact approval had on a leader’s rise to power. By exemplifying honorable speaking skills, demonstrating ambiguity on his positions, and evolving a new political ideology, Mussolini developed his popularity to increase his political power. On July 29, 1883, Mussolini was born in a small village in Italy’s countryside to Alessandro Mussolini and Rosa Maltoni. Later in his life, Mussolini played his small-village background to his advantage by saying he grew up in poverty and with nothing. He referred to himself as a “man of the people” and related to them in anyway possible. Claiming he had a humble upbringing was a tactic to increase his reputation among the …show more content…
He kept up his strong literary style and started to propose ideas for strikes and promoted violence when he discussed implementing demands. He made a name for himself as a young Socialist in European society, and he was only in his early twenties. However, he would often shift his political viewpoints whenever he thought that it would help further develop his name. One major shift that changed his whole political stance was when he converted from condemning World War I to advocating it after he saw that France had actually survived on the battlefield. He then announced that Italy should side with France and Britain in the war, which the Socialists did not agree with, so they removed him from their party. Instead of trying to rejoin the party, Mussolini took his own approach and started a newspaper called Il popolo d’Italia. He used his political zeal, forceful writing, and growing popularity to create his own paper, which helped gain him even more support for the

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