The Downfall Of The World War I And The Years Following Essay

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During the midst of World War I and the years following, Italy was in a very fragile state. This was especially surprising for the nation considering its previous super power status. The downfall was mostly due to a political system that was struggling immensely and because “National poverty, resource deficiencies, and scientific-industrial weakness, combined with inflexible commanders, plagued the Italian forces” (History.com, 2009). The nation was in dire need of a strict new political system to gain some respect among other nations, this set the stage for fascist Benito Mussolini to come into military power under the acceptance of King Victor Emmanuel III. Mussolini always had a larger plan than military control, following in the steps of Caesar, he saw the weakness that his country was being commanded under and sparked a revolution that sought out an improved military position internationally. Later on, “Mussolini gradually dismantled the institutions of democratic government and in 1925 made himself dictator (…) He set about attempting to re-establish Italy as a great European power. The regime was held together by strong state control and Mussolini 's cult of personality” (BBC, 2016). Using it as a way to give Italy and it’s people back the identity of being an all powerful Roman state. The people supported him, as did the growing National Italian Fascist Party who wanted to see Italy back on top. With his newly gained respect as a fascist in high status, more people…

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