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Palmiro Togliatti : a biography /
Aldo Agosti.
imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2008.
description
xix, 339 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1845117263 (Cloth), 9781845117269 (Cloth)
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2008.
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1845117263 (Cloth)
9781845117269 (Cloth)
general note
Abridged and updated translation of: Palmiro Togliatti. 1996.
catalogue key
6959818
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-10-01:
Palmiro Togliatti (1893-1964) was, for nearly four decades, the leader of the Italian Communist Party, first in exile in Moscow, then when he returned to Italy in 1944. At its height, the party numbered 1.5 million members, and although not a direct participant in power, it played an important role in Italian politics during the Cold War. Togliatti has not been the subject of many studies, and this is the first biography to draw extensively upon private papers and newly available archives. Published in Italian in 1996, it has been updated and revised in this English version; the translation is smooth and lively. Agosti (Univ. of Turin) is a specialist in socialist and communist history. He sympathizes with Togliatti's double bond of allegiance--the first to international communism and global revolution, the second to the Italian Republic. He concludes that Togliatti adhered to the constitution, allowed his party to renew its ideology, and invented a role that avoided its falling into a noisy political ghetto as occurred with the French Communist Party. The chapters addressing Togliatti's experience with Stalin and Stalinism command special mention, especially concerning Togliatti's role in the Spanish Civil War. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. N. Greene Wesleyan University
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Palmiro Togliatti could not have become leader of the Italian Communist Party at a more difficult time in the Party's history. In 1926, while he was away from Italy representing the Party in Moscow, Mussolini's Fascist government outlawed the organization and arrested all the other leading Communists, including Antonio Gramsci, and Togliatti became leader-but at the cost of living in exile for nearly twenty years. Drawing on unprecedented access to private correspondence and newly available archives, this is the first full biography of this important Communist politician and intellectual. Like many successful politicians, Togliatti was a man of contradictions-the dedicated Party man who was also instrumental in creating the constitution of Republican Italy-whose personal charisma and political acumen kept him at the forefront of Italian politics for nearly forty years. Aldo Agosti explores Togliatti's intellectual development; his achievements and his sometimes criminal mistakes as the leading member of the Comintern; his complex relationship with Moscow; and his lasting impact on Italian politics. The result is a meticulous and fascinating life of one of Western Europe's most successful Communist leaders, which at the same time casts fresh light on the internal politics of the Comintern.
Main Description
Palmiro Togliatti could not have become leader of the Italian Communist Party at a more difficult time in the Party's history. In 1926, while he was away from Italy representing the Party in Moscow, Mussolini's Fascist government outlawed the organization and arrested all the other leading Communists, including Antonio Gramsci, and Togliatti became leader--but at the cost of living in exile for nearly twenty years. Drawing on unprecedented access to private correspondence and newly available archives, this is the first full biography of this important Communist politician and intellectual. Like many successful politicians, Togliatti was a man of contradictions--the dedicated Party man who was also instrumental in creating the constitution of Republican Italy--whose personal charisma and political acumen kept him at the forefront of Italian politics for nearly forty years. Aldo Agosti explores Togliatti's intellectual development; his achievements and his sometimes criminal mistakes as the leading member of the Comintern; his complex relationship with Moscow; and his lasting impact on Italian politics. The result is a meticulous and fascinating life of one of Western Europe's most successful Communist leaders, which at the same time casts fresh light on the internal politics of the Comintern.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface for the Paperback edition
Preface
An Introduction to Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State
The Meaning of Genocide
Definitional Conundrums
Perpetrators, Victims and Collective Unreason
Continuity and Discontinuity in the Historical Record
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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