Evaluate Mussolini's Rule Between 1922 and 1940

Evaluate Mussolini’s rule between 1922 and 1940

Thesis: Much as Mussolini made mistakes that obstructed Italy’s progress, he created the national pride and Identity needed to create a “Great, respected and feared” world power.

Roadmap: Through artful propaganda and domestic policy, Mussolini created Italian identity without which industrialisation and imperialism cannot succeed. Compared to Hitler and Stalin, Mussolini was a relatively weak and inefficient world player. As a totalitarian ruler, he failed to achieve nationwide dominance however he succeeded with his initial three goals making him fundamentally successful. Unlike his compatriots he sought to achieve a balance between totalitarian rule and respect for traditional institutions. He also maintained and achieved power through more diplomatic, less violent means and his rule had a longer positive effect, admired by other world leaders. Historian Bosworth describes how there was more continuity in Italian history before and after 1945. Mussolini permanently resolved century old conflict between the Catholic Church and government and strengthened Italy to the point where Imperialism and the international respect it receives became a possibility.

Body Paragraph 1: National identity.

I Why was this important?

a) Harnessed national feeling of disillusionment after Treaty of Versailles to promote Fascist vision, producing a united Italy through “etatism”

b) Stalin showed national pride increased dedication to work and progress- Stakhanovites.

c) Though M. did not inspire the same results as Stalin, his use of propaganda and motivation resulted in 90 percent of Italians voting to support the regime in 1929.

d)   Compared to the longevity of his predecessors, this indicates Mussolini’s success in producing a more positive national point of view, and his position in power- through youth groups ect.

II Developed Italy as a power how?

a) Propaganda/ description of “Battles” results...