A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics: by Paul Ginsburg

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By Paul Ginsburg

During this long-awaited publication (already an important bestseller in Italy), Ginsborg has created a desirable, refined and definitive account of ways Italy has coped, or didn't cope, with the previous 20 years. modern Italy strongly mirrors Britain - the nations have approximately an identical volume, inhabitants measurement and GNP - and but they're superbly assorted. Ginsborg sees this distinction as so much essentially transparent within the position of the family members and it's the relatives that is on the center of Italian politics and enterprise. an individual wishing to appreciate modern Italy will locate it necessary to have this drastically appealing and clever e-book.

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The working class would become the leading political force in the country and would carry through a series of major reforms. These would include the destruction of all residues of Fascism, a radical agrarian reform and action against monopoly capitalism (but not against all capita­ lism as such). lO In order to achieve 'progressive democracy', a wide coalition of both social and political forces would be necessary. Togliatti insisted that the unity of the war years should, if possible, be continued into the period of reconstruction.

91 Without doubt, the German occupation was more terrible in both intention and effect, but at least in the North the issues were clear cut. ), in the North and Centre the working-class movement, sections of the peasantry and the partisans were soon united in a single cause. It was upon them that hopes of Italian regeneration would rest. Chapter 2 Resistance and Liberation A s T H E protracted drama of wartime Italy unfolded, it became clear that three forces were going to dominate the country - the Allies, the Communists and the Christian Dem­ ocrats.

On 13 March 1944 the Russians recognized Badoglio's govern­ ment, implicitly confirming the assignment of Italy to the British sphere of in­ fluence. The strategy and needs of the international Communist movement thus shaped Togliatti's choices to a great extent. However, much of what he proposed also derived from the specific Italian situation and from the material and intellectual evolution of the Italian party. In the first place, the Communist leadership considered the possibility of social revolution to be firmly ruled out by the presence of the Allied army in Italy.

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