How Did Benito Mussolini Come To Power?


Answer by Tyyne H. on Mar 3 2014

Benito Mussolini came to power in 1922 during a time of corruption, economic depression and labor disputes. After making himself known, he was practically invited by the King to step into the position of Prime Minister. Mussolini used his first years as Prime Minister to establish control of the government and begin improvements within the country. He implemented changes in agriculture by draining swamp lands and building canals. He also ensured the rail system worked.

After a series of riots in 1922, the king appointed Benito Mussolini as prime minister in an attempt to prevent a communist revolution in Italy. Mussolini headed a coalition of fascists and nationalists and parliamentary government continued until the murder of the socialist leader, Giacomo Matteotti in 1924. Critics view King Emmanuel as a puppet ruler of the Fascists. His early actions indicated he was pro-democracy but he allowed Mussolini and the Fascists to take over the country. In 1920s, the monarchy, the church, the political elite and the voters, for different reasons, felt Mussolini and his regime would provide a political and financial stability that was needed for their country.

Answer by Hermann F. on Mar 3 2014

Mussolini's rise to power began in World War One with the involvement of Italy on behalf of the Allies. There was great dissent over whether or not such involvement was necessary or beneficial, and the Socialist Party opposed the addition of Italian Arms to the forces of the Allies. Benito Mussolini, a prominent Socialist journalist, originally agreed with his party in regards to the war, but several months after the start of the war he changed his opinion and left the Socialist Party. After leaving the Socialist Party he founded a fascist newspaper, Popola d'Italia, and several fascist groups, the Autonomous Fascists, the Constituent Fascists, the Revolutionary Fascists, and the Fighting Fascists. When the war ended, Italy was hit with an economic crisis along with vast amounts of social unrest, the result of participation in the war. Many Italians, including Mussolini, felt that the Treaty of Versailles, which did not give Italy the lands it had been promised when it entered the war on the side of the Allies, was unfair. In October 1922, the infamous March on Rome occurred. Mussolini commanded his forces from a post in Milan and ordered them to seize power in Rome. King Victor Emmanuel, fearing that the March on Rome would lead to a civil war, gave Mussolini the post of Prime Minister. Between 1925 and 1927, he began to consolidate his dictatorship by doing away with all opposing press and non-fascist parties. He also created the OVRA, a secret police force, and made the government entirely fascist. People began to call him Il Duce, meaning leader.

what type of government did benito mussolini have?

How did Benito Mussolini come to power; what type of government did he have and what did he do once he was in power?

The link below goes into it. The quote is from it.

'In 1923 after rising through the ranks Mussolini became the elected member for Tuscany in the Italian Parliament. In 1927 he took over from Mario Felloni as the leader of Cullo Cappelli who were the opposition. Leading up to the 1928 election Mussolini began to begin his campaign. During this time Italy was in an economic slump and the Italian public were not satisfied with the president of the time, Francisco Delosini and his Treasurer Guido Michenelli's management of the federal budget. Mussolini preyed on this dissatisfaction and promised to eliminate all debt within the government. In 1922, Mussolini was invited by King Vittorio Emanuele III to form a new Italian government. A law passed on Christmas Eve 1925 changed Mussolini's title from "president of the Council of Ministers" (prime minister) to "head of the government." He was no longer responsible to Parliament, and could only be removed by the king.'

And he was a fascist dictator who started wars and oppressed those he did not like.

Augustus/Benito Mussolini Question?

I could use some help... How did Augustus Caesar as well as Benito Mussolini's time as political leaders impact Italy's modern government (Italian Republic)? Thanks!

Cesar was the emperor and dictator Mussolini was ... ... different governments were Augustus lived the height of the Roman Empire, known as Pax Romana ... Mussolini had the paranoia of trying to rescue the greatness of the Roman Empire and led the Italians in the conversation. .. was a big windbag and a liar ... were not examples of anything ... roma owed its greatness to theft, looting, pillaging, killing and slavery ... Mussolini's Italy invaded some poor countries of Northern Africa and was a total fiasco in World War ...

What happened to those who opposed Mussolini?

It would be great if you can put some websites too. PLEASE HELP!

Mussolini (and regime) were brutal toward opposition within Italy. But there were survivors. Not all sources on the actitivities of Mussolini and his regime will mention the Partisans and/or Resistance Fighters.
These people did have a hand in turning Italy over to the Allies and helping to rid Italy of the Occupation Forces of Nazi Germany which moved in to temporarily return Benito Mussolini for a brief period in Northern Italy.
There was a woman who made an attempt on Mussolini's life and her story is told in one of those titles cited below:

Where was Benito Mussolini born?

all my sources say different thinks and this needs to be ACCURATE. one site and a book said he was born in Varnano dei Costa, one book said Dovia, and another book said Predappio. l really would like to know WHERE actually. Do you know?

Benito Mussolini was born in Dovia di Predappio (which in english means like valley of predappio), in the city of Forlí

How was Benito Mussolini able to rise to power?

Mussolini came to power much in the same way that Adolf Hitler rose to power: by promising the people things the Fascists could never actually deliver (reliving the glory of the Roman Empire - including the slaves), murdering the political opponents (the socialists, communists, and anti-fascists) of Fascism, and by deceiving the people of Italy about the nature of the threat that his political opponents (see above) posed to the Italian people. The changes from a monarchy to a Fascist state in Europe in the 1920s-1930s were easily brought about: see Italy, Germany, Spain, and Portugal for further enlightenment.

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