The Rise Of Power During The 19th Century Essay

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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 by the citizens of one’s country. Popularity did not come naturally to all leaders. 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…

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