ExhibitsPerson: Benito MussoliniEvent: Mussolini Invades EthiopiaBattle: Battle of Midway
Early Life: Benito Mussolini He was born on July 29, 1883 in Dovia di Predappio, Forlì, Italy. He was the eldest of three children. During his youth, his father instilled him in a passion for socialist politics and a defiance against authority. He was very intelligent when he was young, but was also boisterous and disobedient. Despite the fact that he was expelled from several schools, he eventually obtained a teaching certificate in 1901 and worked as a schoolmaster.
Italy During WWIItalyended its alliancewith the Central Powers, arguing that Germany and Austria-Hungary started the war and that the alliance was only defensive in nature; it entered the war on the side of the Entente in 1915.
Mussolini’s Involvement in WWIAt first he was hesitant about having Italy join WWI, but soon after changed his mind. He saw the war as an opportunity to become a great powerHe joined the Italian army in 1915 and fought on the front lines, reaching the rank of corporal before being wounded and discharged.
Mussolini Post WWIAfter the war, he resumed his political activities, criticizing the Italian government for weakness and the Treaty of Versailles.He organized several right-wing groups into a single force and, in March 1919, formed the Fascist Party--the movement proclaimed opposition to social class discrimination and supported nationalist sentiments, hoping to raise Italy to levels of its great Roman past.