By Philip Cooke
During this wealthy and particular interdisciplinary research, Philip Cooke explores the long-lasting and contested legacy of the Italian Resistance circulation. This e-book scrutinizes the ambivalent and transferring attitudes towards the circulate held via the main Italian political events and the nation, stuck up as they have been in an formidable venture to construct a brand new country out of the ruins of Fascism and the second one international struggle. utilizing a big selection of texts, Cooke bridges the space among historic and cultural experiences and indicates how Italian politics, historical past, and tradition have interacted over the long run. Fusing old and cultural research, this can be a special contribution to our figuring out of contemporary Italy.
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If such an army existed, who ran it? 65 This operation, so the argument goes, answered to none other than Secchia, the leader of the revolutionary wing of the party. All the communists were waiting for was the order to rise up. But the idea of a large secret army of this nature is, at the very least, an exaggeration. 66 But to interpret these cases as evidence of a massive and well-oiled operation is to willfully misrepresent the reality of the situation. 67 But there was a lot of unrest among partisans, as the Santa Libera episode shows.
The constituent assembly decided that it was appropriate to do something similar and Togliatti, the leader of the PCI, was charged with the responsibility of drafting the relevant document. What has been described as the “Togliatti amnesty” was eventually presented to the assembly on June 22, 1946. 53 Discussions centered on the desire of the Christian Democrats to free as many Fascists as possible, as compared to the PCI’s wish to do the opposite. 54 The 16 clauses of the amnesty were preceded by a declaration from Togliatti himself.
Indd 29 3/23/11 10:08 AM 30 THE LEGACY OF THE ITALIAN RESISTANCE Memoirs In terms of sheer quantity, by far the most popular genre of postwar Resistance culture was the memoir. 88 Memoirs were published by small publishing houses, with restricted print runs and were intended for local audiences. Their publication was prompted by a very real need—to consecrate in printed form the oral narratives that circulated widely during and after the war. Many of the memoir writers explicitly stated in their prefaces that they were not writers of fictions, but simply telling the truth without any artistic intervention.