The Italian Resistance

The Italian Resistance : Fascists, Guerrillas and the Allies

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One of the enduring myths about World War Two is that the Allies alone liberated occupied Europe. However, many countries had successful anti-fascist movements, and Italy's was one of the biggest and most politically radical. Yet it remains relatively unknown outside of its own homeland.Tom Behan tells this inspiring history. Within Italy many plaques and streets commemorate the actions of the partisans - a movement from below that grew as Mussolini's dictatorship unravelled. Led by radical left forces, the Resistance trod a thin line between fighting their enemies at home and maintaining an uneasy working relationship with the Allies.Through the use of unpublished archival material and interviews with surviving partisans, this is an inspiring story of more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745326943
  • 9780745326948
  • 538,259

About Tom Behan

Tom Behan (1957 - 2010) was Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Kent. His books include Defiance: The Story of One Man Who Stood Up to the Sicilian Mafia (2008), See Naples & Die: The Camorra & Organised Crime (2009) and The Italian Resistance: Fascists, Guerrillas and The Allies (Pluto Press, 2009).show more

Table of contents

Abbreviations Acknowledgements Chronology Part I Introduction: The meaning of the Resistance; How this book is structured. 1. Midnight in the Century 2. The Mafia and street kids - how fascism fell in the South 3. People, parties and partisans 4. Resistance in the mountains 5. Resistance in the cities 6. 'Aldo says 26 for one' 7. Postwar partisan activity 8. The long liberation Part II 9. Female fighters 10. The Partisan Republics 11. Organising 'terrorism' 12. An uneasy alliance Conclusion Notes Indexshow more

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'At a time when the Italian Resistance is under attack from all quarters, Tom Behan's clear and accessible book is a trenchant reminder that the movement had great moral, historical and political significance' -- Dr Phil Cooke, Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of Strathclyde, editor of The Italian Resistance: An Anthology (1998). 'This is the book on mid-twentieth century Italian history I have been waiting for' -- Dr Gerd-Rainer Horn, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Universityof Warwickshow more

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