The Revolution Of The Great War

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On May 9, 1936, a crowd of four hundred thousand had gathered around the Palazzo Venezia in Rome to hear the speech of their powerful and adored leader, Benito Mussolini. The Italian dictator was loved by the majority of the population and even referred to, by some of his own generals, as a god. Regardless of what outside opinions might have been towards Mussolini the country still respected him. The question then becomes, what were the circumstances in Italy that attributed to the dictator’s rise to power? Between the years of 1909 and 1945 Italy experienced a radical change in its politics and denizens alike. The world was entering the Great War, a war unlike any other, and the Bolshevik Revolution had sparked a flame across Europe. Countries had suffered huge losses in the war and the call for change was a common topic amongst all its participants. The idea of radical revolution was still fresh in the minds of the poor and working classes, making it easy for someone to come and control the chaos. Using various sources such as Christopher Hibbert’s Il Duce and chapters from Mussolini’s own diary we will analyze the exact steps that aided in the dictator’s ease in rising to power. Mussolini’s rise to power was can be largely credited to his tactic of changing his stance on views constantly, his politically influenced upbringing, and the events put in motion after Italy’s loss in Caporetto. In the years following the Great War, Benito Mussolini transformed the Italian
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