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Rise to Power of MussoliniItaly was politically unstable from 1871 until 1914 There were no truly great leaders of the time Weak leadership and numerous parties added to the political problems of Italy Frequent changes in government sparked a general discontent among the people Corrupt leaders accepted bribes for political favors The incompetency of the government made the Italian citizens feel contemptuous The Italians received no assistance from the government either materially or morally the laws and the men had lost their authority and deservedly so because of their utter incompetence 4 61 A constitution had been formulated but as Herman Finer author of Mussolini s Italy suggests there were two strikes against the Constitution One it was much like the English Constitution but instead of giving most of the power to Parliament as the English did it gave most of the power to the King of Italy This later led to a anti-monarchical movement by Benito Mussolini Two it had been applied to Italy in an inconsistent manner Italywas divided into three sections Northern Central and Southern Each section interpreted the constitution in a different way The result of this led to the citizens of each section being treated differently 4 62Italy had no nationwide political party The most extensively organized party was the Socialist Party which was still limited to Northern and Central Italy Most of the parties were localized partiesappeared here and there rather as scattered fragments than as a connected network 4 77-78 There were multiple parties ranging from Constitutional Liberals to Radicals to Republicans Within every party there were multiple political leaders Each leader could interpret the party s philosophy in any way he chose Italy was calling for some kind of consistency through a nation wide party It was in this situation that Benito Mussolini came to power He was born in 1883 in Romagna His father was a blacksmith and was an exception in his
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