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A civil war : a history of the Italian resistance

Author: Claudio Pavone
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"A Civil War is a history of the wartime Italian Resistance, recounted by a historian who, when only a boy, took part in the struggle against Mussolini's Fascist Republic. Since its publication in Italy, Claudio Pavone's masterwork has become indispensable to anyone seeking to understand this period and its continuing importance for the nation's identity. Pavone casts a sober eye on his protagonists' ethical and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claudio Pavone
ISBN: 9781844677504 1844677508
OCLC Number: 711052049
Notes: Originally published as: Guerra civile. Torino : Bollati Boringhieri, 1991.
Description: xxiv, 744 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Choice. The Collapse ; A Clear and Difficult Choice ; Betrayal --
2. The Legacy of the Fascist War. Wishing for and Fearing Defeat ; The Uncertain Motivations of the Combatants ; The Repudiation of the Royal Army --
3. Paths to a New Institutionalisation. Militarisation and Its Limits ; Relations with the Parties --
4. The Patriotic War. Regaining National Identity ; The Traditional Allies ; The Rediscovered Enemy --
5. The Civil War. A Controversial Definition ; The Reappearance of the Fascists ; The Anti-Fascists' Attitude to the Civil War ; The Main Enemy : The Fascists or the Germans? ; The Catholics and the Civil War ; The European Civil War --
6. The Class War. Class, Nation, Anti-Fascism ; Workers and Workers' Representation ; Political Struggles and Economic Struggles ; Struggle in Society and the Struggle for Survival ; Class Struggle and Armed Struggle ; The Myth of the USSR --
7. Violence. The Problem of Violence in the Context of War ; Resistance Violence and Fascist Violence ; Self-Discipline and the Organisation of Violence : The Punitive System ; Reprisals and Counter-Reprisals ; Urban Guerrilla Warfare and the GAPS ; Insurrectional Violence --
8. Politics and Future Expectations. Politics and Morality ; Public and Private ; Relations between the Generations ; Reckoning with the Past ; The Sense of the Future ; The Return.
Other Titles: Guerra civile.
Responsibility: Claudio Pavone ; translated by Peter Levy with the assistance of David Broder; introduced by Stanislao G. Pugliese.


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