Violent child, bad relationship with father, kicked out of school.
Trained as a teacher, kicked out of school, fled to Switzerland to avoid the draft, deported twice, jailed, developed political philosophy in jail
Adulthood: Dynamic speaker, rose to power through manipulation and intimidation. At first held strong socialist ideals and then rejected their ideals once WWI starts- saw this as Italy's chance to regain power and change corrupt practices.
Once he started printing ideas conflicting with the socialist cause, he was fired from Avanti! and recruited by Il Popular d'Italia.
Develops loyal, often violently disgruntled followers (former socialists, violent thugs, restless revolutionaries, some republicans), hints at the need for a dictator, offers up himself.
Three months after WWI, forms group into military organization "Fasci Di Combattimiento"
"Squadristas"= his thugs, attacked leftist organizations
Controlled many regions, used intimidation tactics