What were Mussolini's political achievements?
Benito rose to power under very unlikely circumstances. He was able to take advantage of the political and economic instability that existed in Italy. Originally a teacher and journalist, Mussolini was able to mobilize enough support for his fascist program to become the complete dictator of Italy in 1925. He mobilized 30,000 of his supporters to march to Rome in 1922 to demand that he be installed as prime minister. He violently oppressed any political opposition along the way. By October, the king had installed a new government because Mussolini promised to restore order in Italy. Mussolini was able to gain political support from key elements in the Italian population. Because of his ability to solve the problem of unemployment, he was supported by industrialists and laborers alike. He forged a strong alliance with the church as well. Mussolini also garnered political support from the military as he supported Italian intervention in World War I and guaranteed future military glory to Italy. The corporate state that Mussolini created restored peace and stability for ten years in Italy.