What Factors enabled Mussolini to come to power in 1922 Adam Harris
What Factors Enabled Mussolini to come to Power in 1922
In the early 1920’s Benito Mussolini, leader of the Fascist Party, became prime minister of Italy, even though just 1 year previously in a democratic election, the party only got 7% of the votes. I am going to try to explain why the leader of the relatively unpopular Fascist Party became leader of Italy.
Italy had joined the Great War of 1914-18 on the ‘Allied’ side, under the belief that if the allies one, then Italy would gain territory along the Balkan coast and a small part of what was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However when the war was over Italy were given a fraction of what they had been promised. This infuriated the Italians who had lost hundreds-of-thousands Italian men and had had their economy plummet to an awful state. Italy felt that the liberal government had failed, and many Italians felt that democracy would not work. This sparked up the growth of Nationalist ideals such as Socialism and Fascism.