How Far Were the Catholic Church and the Elites Important to Mussolini in Consolidating His Power in 1922-1924?

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The support from the catholic church and the traditional elites was a very important reason that Mussolini was able to consolidate his power in 1922-1924 because both of these groups of people had a very large influence on the people of Italy at the time. However, I think that the actions of the current king; Victor Emmanuel III, was a far greater reason for Mussolini’s success because he was the only one who could’ve thrown Mussolini out of power but he didn’t. Unless he did something, Mussolini’s opponent’s options were very limited. The Catholic Church and the Elites were very important for Mussolini to establish a dictatorship. To gain power, Mussolini had to gain support from as many people as he could, he realised that people listened, and followed the church. So rather than try and take control of it, he showed the current church that his regime would benefit religion. They believed him. It worked, and now Mussolini had the catholic churches support. This meant that the majority of Catholics in Italy now supported Mussolini too. The reason the elites were important was for the same reason, they gave Mussolini support. But this time, instead of from the religious sector, the support came from the industrialists, known as the Elites. They feared socialism and saw fascism as the best way to combat their enemies. They were able to do this because they had considerable influence over those who worked for them and could get them to vote for fascism instead of socialism. These two different sources of support for Mussolini helped to consolidate his power in 1922-1924. Another reason for Mussolini being able to consolidate his power in 1922-1924 was the actions of his opposition. Throughout Mussolini’s entire rise to power, and his decisions in parliament once he reached it, his opponents were constantly divided. This meant that while the socialists and liberals
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