Benito Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini was born in 1883, and grew up in Predappio, Italy. He was the son of a blacksmith and a schoolteacher, both of whom were socialists, Mussolini naturally adopted their beliefs. These beliefs included anti-war feelings and pacifism, the exact opposite of what his beliefs would later become. As a teenager, he was known to have bragged about being an "antipatriot'. Mussolini became an editor of a Socialist newspaper near his hometown and printed his views. After a short stay there, he moved to Milan and became editor of the official Socialist newspaper.

Before long, though, Mussolini's views began to change. He believed that the party should unite into seizing power'. When his views turned to pro-war, he was thrown out of the Socialist party. Upon being dismissed by the Socialists, Mussolini founded his own newspaper, called The People of Italy.

He used this to spread his new ideas and gather support. Mussolini then joined the Italian Army and went off to battle. Upon return, he started the Fascist movement. Throughout his years as the leader of Italy, he proved to the world that he was nothing more than a man who continually wanted more power for himself and would do anything to get it. This was evident in the way he terrorized his political opponents, often having them beaten or murdered. In his later years in power (1935), Mussolini turned to imperialism.

His attempts at building a New Roman Empire eventually led to his removal as dictator and his assassination in (1945). Mussolini's major changes in political views and beliefs were fueled by his ever-growing dreams of total control.