How Did Fascist Gain Power

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Post World War I Italy and Germany fell on hard times economically as did everyone else. The problems that arose within their governments helped Fascist gain power. The idea of everyone coming together under one ruler, one party, and as one nation appealed most to people because of its sense of nationalism. After being ousted from the socialists party, Benito Mussolini formed his own Fascist party called League of Combat but it received little attention until workers went on strike and violence broke out amongst the classes and conservatives who were fearful. As a result the Fascists formed armed squads to attack socialists offices and newspapers(Duiker, p.122). Mussolini would soon extend to the Catholic church and request full autonomy .

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