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By Paul Ginsburg

ISBN-10: 0140124969

ISBN-13: 9780140124965

During this long-awaited ebook (already a huge bestseller in Italy), Ginsborg has created a desirable, subtle and definitive account of the way Italy has coped, or didn't cope, with the prior 20 years. modern Italy strongly mirrors Britain - the international locations have approximately a similar volume, inhabitants measurement and GNP - and but they're superbly various. Ginsborg sees this distinction as such a lot essentially transparent within the function of the kinfolk and it's the relatives that is on the middle of Italian politics and enterprise. somebody wishing to appreciate modern Italy will locate it necessary to have this tremendously appealing and clever e-book.

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H I A History of Contemporary Italy line with the theses adopted by the Comintern at its seventh congress in July 1935. In the wake of the obliteration of the German workers' moveĀ­ ment by Hitler, the seventh congress abandoned the previous disastrous policy of characterizing the mass social-democratic parties as 'social Fascists'. Instead it gave full support to the creation of popular-front governments, based on the alliance of all democratic parties, to combat the Fascist menace. This was the policy which had been pursued by the Communists in Spain, and Togliatti's programme was the logical application of it for Italy.

64 The orangeĀ­ producing agro-town of Lentini, in the extreme north of the province of Siracusa, had around 16,000 inhabitants in 1931. Well over 80 per cent of the male workforce were rural labourers. Lentini's agrarian economy was a mixture of the intensive cultivation of oranges, for which it was famous, and the extensive cultivation of cereals in the land furthest from the village. Labouring families in Lentini were nuclear in structure and much smaller than in the sharecropping regions of the Centre.

471 acres). All those who failed to do so would be refused the permit entitling them to have their grain milled. In early 1944 word also spread that the Germans were demanding extra agricultural labour for Germany, and that = 27 A History of Contemporary Italy 100,000 rural workers from Tuscany alone were to be selected and deported. The first peasant demonstrations were not slow to follow. In February 1944, at Carmignano, north-west of Florence, sharecroppers gathered in the piazza of the village, declared a general strike and refused to move until the authorities distributed milling permits to everyone.

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