Something that interested me within the reading was how quickly the fascist movement grew even though the socialist movement had been extremely strong at the time. Among other factors, it seems that a frustration with the socialist movement and its lack of progress was what helped contribute to the sudden rise in fascist support.
An interesting study would be to compare the fascist movement in Germany to that of the one in Italy (which I am sure has been done several times) because they both have differences but also similarities such as the use of violence as a part of propaganda and the support of younger citizens.
Mussolini actually came off as intelligently cunning to me, especially when he covered up his movements to limit the power that the squads had with supporting other groups. To not have done so probably would have been fairly detrimental to his overall movement. However, his interactions with other nations were less than . . . intelligent.
I can see how to some of the Italian citizens would be fully supportive of him requesting to be treated as equals to Britain and France due to the fact that it upheld “Italy’s right to be considered a great power,” something necessary to trying to unify a state. Realistically, Italy was not at the same level of organization that Britain and France were at, Mussolini could barely control his own movement, but he had every right to request to be treated equally. The issue I had with it was how he went about doing so. In my opinion, he acted in a very arrogant way which in the end did not help him gain respect from other countries which was what he was ultimately seeking. His actions with regards to the Corfu incident also looked ridiculous and in no way diplomatic thus resulting in criticism rather than support from other countries.
I hope that in the future we may cover some more of the corruption within Mussolini’s regime. It is interesting how well the government covered it up but also how willing the citizens were to ignore such blatant criminal activity, thus allowing the regime to further their dictatorship over Italy, just as the Nazis did in Germany.