Italy was also suffering through an economic depression after World War I . Unemployment, strikes, and riots caused many Italians to look for a strong leader who could bring stability to the country. They found that in Benito Mussolini in 1922. Mussolini's rule was based on fascism. Fascism is a political system in which the "state" or government, is seen as more important than individuals (like a bundle of sticks is stronger than a single stick). Fascist systems are typically militaristic and headed by a strong leader.