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«Never Give In»

The Italian Resistance and Politics


Alastair Davidson and Steve Wright

For a half century, the experience of Resistance has formed a central reference point within the world of Italian politics and culture. The essays that make up Never Give In offer a critical assessment both of that legacy, and some of the major political forces that have laid claim to it. At the same time, the authors of these essays argue that the Resistance continues as more than simply nostalgia. In each of their historiographical revisions, they also show - even in the much more complicated and less heroic accounts of what happened - a continuing ethic, a way of being and acting politically that is of abiding relevance.
Contents: Alastair Davidson: Introduction - V.G. Venturini: The Moral and Religious Significance of the Resistance - Alastair Davidson: Communists and the Italian Resistance - Tom Behan: The Aborted Italian Revolution of July 1948 - Steve Wright: Missed Opportunities-New Left Readings of the Italian Resistance - Mirna Cicioni: «In order to be considered we must first have fought»: Women in the Italian Resistance - Alastair Davidson: Conclusion-The Political Legacy of Resistance.