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Italy the recently unified country of the 1920s was in a very trying period of politics after the culmination of the First World War Only one sole leader managed to emerge from this period establishing himself as Il Duce and making Italy very much a personal empire This man was Benito Mussolini Though before the assuming of the glorious portrayed figure that he created he was very much a normal personality and in this essay I shall analyse the reasons for the transformation and the continued strengthening of power of Mussolini In order to understand Mussolinis rise to power it is important to look at the situation of Italy As mentioned earlier Italy was in a state of much disarray where as much as four different politicians had tried to establish order in the Italian parliament in as much years Amidst all this Mussolini along with his Fascist party promised solidarity and strength and this was a chief reason for his rise to power Moreover this strengthening of the nation was meant to be aggressive if undertaken by the Fascists commanded by Mussolini Italy had been humiliated in the First World War by not being recognised or given any conquered territories after the war Many Italians felt dismayed by this and the aggressive nature of the Fascists seemed to be an outlet for the peoples anger Mussolini also built on nationalism more than any other figure of the time The radical ideas that Mussolini brought emphasised the glory of the nation and in doing so appealed to many including King Victor Emmanuel who was won over by this nationalism He chose Mussolini over DAnnunzio the leading liberal politician to be the Italian prime minister Furthermore at the time communism had emerged victorious in Russia The fear of a communist revolution in European nations was strong The fascists held strong anti-social views and thus they acted as the bulwark in Italy Mussolini
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