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

By Paul Ginsborg

From a war-torn and poverty-stricken state, neighborhood and predominantly agrarian, to the luck tale of contemporary years, Italy has witnessed the main profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its whole historical past. but the opposite recurrent subject of the interval has been the overpowering desire for political reform--and the repeated failure to accomplish it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to mix social and political perspectives--is keen on either the super achievements of latest Italy and "the continuities of its background that experience now not been simply set aside."

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...the most sensible unmarried paintings on postwar Italian history...readers will locate this paintings important. (John S. Hill, background: studies of latest Books)

A paintings of significant significance. It has an ethical grandeur and a coherence of interpretation and technique that every one most likely will verify it vintage status... No destiny account of the Italian republic may be in a position to forget about it. (Christopher Duggan, the days Literary Supplement)

A background of up to date Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988

The success of Paul Ginsborg's large quantity is that the political drama is brilliantly interwoven with the complete cultural and monetary heritage of the country... web page after web page can be learn with curiosity and pleasure through all precise English enthusiasts of Italy. (Michael Foot, Guardian)

This is the easiest account of up to date Italian historical past to be had to the English reader. (Jonathan Morris, the days)

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Paul Ginsborg is Professor of up to date eu historical past on the collage of Florence. His past guides comprise Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.

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In August 1943 he distributed to all his managers a copy of the Soviet constitution, to which he had added approving comments. 42 Most industrialists preferred instead to play an intricate double game, which achieved its most sophisticated version in the activities of Giovanni Agnelli and Vittorio Valletta, respectively president and managing director of F I A T. In April 1944 the vice-president of F I A T was sent on a dangerous mission over the Alps to communicate to Alien Dulles that the geographical position of Italy and the low cost of its labour constituted an 'interesting opportunity' for the United States.

In the summ er these fields, golden and brown, seemed to the untrained eye all part of one great estate. But in the spring they were transformed into a complicated patchwork of different shades of green, which betrayed where the work of one man stopped and that of another began. Ownership of the land was more multi-form than on the plains. In the mountains, where the forests had been largely destroyed, the peasantry had carved out smallholdings from the rocky soil. Between 1880 and 1930 their poverty-stricken economy had only survived thanks to widespread emi­ gration.

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. Unlike in Yugoslavia, the Allies controlled half the peninsula and were marching steadily northwards.

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