Italian Communism in Transition

Italian Communism in Transition : The Rise and Fall of the Historic Compromise in Turin, 1975-1980

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In the mid-1970s, the Italian Communist Party (PCI) almost succeeded in entering the national government; however, by the end of the decade its popularity had dramatically declined. Providing a first-hand view of the turbulent period from 1975 to 1980, this book explains the roots of the party's crisis. First looking at local conditions, the author studies a number of major developments in the city of Turin, from Red Brigade terrorism to the historic defeat of the unions at Fiat in 1980, and then sets these local events within the broader national strategy. Hellman, who has been studying the PCI since the late 1960s, systematically interviewed the entire full-time leadership of the Turinese Federation of the party, and attended regular meetings and activities from the grass roots to the summit of local organization. An unprecedented eyewitness account, Italian Communism in Transition is a complete history of the PCI's response to the crises and challenges of the 1970s.
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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 160.5 x 233.7 x 25.7mm | 644.11g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 25 tables, 5 figures
  • 0195053354
  • 9780195053357

Review quote

'a thorough and perceptive investigation of the PCI in Turin'
Paul Furlong, University of Hull, Political Studies 'a fascinating study, with many insights applicable to most of the European left in the 1980s'
Richard Knowles, Hertford College, Oxford, International Affairs
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