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Mussolinis Seizure of Power- On the 23 March 1919 after a series of Communist demonstrations the almost forgotten Mussolini decided to attempt to revive his Fasci movement A meeting was held in a hall in a Milan and was attended by some fifty malcontents From this seemingly small and insignificant event the Fascio di Combattimento Combat Group was born Initially it would seem that the Fasci were destined for failure with none of their candidates including Mussolini winning a single seat in the 1919 elections How was it that a party with no clear programme save a belief in action of some sort became a ruling dictatorship little more than ten years later By the end of 1919 Mussolini possessed hardly more than 2 of the vote in Milan less than 5000 votes against 170000 for the Socialists Was this a complete disaster At the time it seemed so the Socialists were so confident of their success that they staged a mock funeral in Milan stopping outside Mussolinis house to invite him to attend the burial of his party Incredibly by 1921 the membership of this previously tiny group was to rival the size of the Socialists How was this achieved It was certainly by no easy means Mussolinis skill and luck played a vital role but he was also helped by the seemingly blind incompetence of his opponents Mussolinis path towards the top of Italian Government was hindered by many forms of opposition However most of his opposition came from the Government and the rival Socialist PSI party Soon after the summer of 1920 the Fascists and their opposition inevitably clashed The fact that Giolettis government was faced with million workers sitting in in factories showed that Italy was a far from stable country in 1920 Did
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