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The tailor of Ulm : communism in the twentieth century

Author: Lucio Magri; Patrick Camiller
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Twenty years have passed since the Italian Communists' last Congress in 1991, in which the death of their party was decreed. It was a deliberate death, accelerated by the desire for a "new beginning." That new beginning never came. In its place is the loss of one of the world's most complex political, organizational and theoretical heritages. In this detailed and probing work, Lucio Magri, one of the towering  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucio Magri; Patrick Camiller
ISBN: 9781844676989 1844676986
OCLC Number: 760607283
Language Note: Translated from the Italian: Il sarto di Ulm, c2009.
Description: viii, 434 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The legacy --
A founding act : the Salerno Turn --
On the brink of the Third World War --
The communists and the new Cold War --
The shock of the Twentieth Congress --
The PCI and de-Stalinization --
The Italian case --
The Centre-left --
The PCI facing neocapitalism --
The Eleventh Congress --
Italy's long sixty-eight --
The PCI in 1968 --
Towards the endgame --
Historic compromise as a strategy --
From Apogee to defeat --
What was brewing in Italy --
What was brewing in the world --
The fateful eighties --
Natta, the conciliator --
Andropov, Gorbachev, Yelstin --
The end of the PCI --
Envoi : a new Communist identity.
Other Titles: Sarto di Ulm.
Communism in the twentieth century
Responsibility: Lucio Magri ; translated by Patrick Camiller.

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Fascinating analysis and account of the decline and fall of Western communism by a participant observer.  Read more...

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The decline and fall [of Italian Communism] is the subject of Magri's extremely shrewd and despondent book - the final cry of someone whose life belongs to a world that has gone for ever.A" Eric Read more...

 
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