The Italian Revolution / Edition 1

The Italian Revolution / Edition 1

by Mark Gilbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813326850

ISBN-13: 9780813326856

Pub. Date: 04/01/1995

Publisher: Westview Press


Since 1992, Italy has been rocked by the disintegration of its traditional ruling elite as dozens of leading politicians have been accused of corruption, extortion, and Mafia ties. The two linchpins of the former governing coalition, the Christian Democrats and the Socialists, have been shattered by scandal and humiliated at the polls. New political forces, such…  See more details below

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Since 1992, Italy has been rocked by the disintegration of its traditional ruling elite as dozens of leading politicians have been accused of corruption, extortion, and Mafia ties. The two linchpins of the former governing coalition, the Christian Democrats and the Socialists, have been shattered by scandal and humiliated at the polls. New political forces, such as the Northern League, have rushed to fill the vacuum. The traditional opposition, the Communist Party, changed its name to the Democratic Party of the Left in 1991 and has since emerged as the leader of a coalition of progressive forces that may yet prove itself as Italy’s natural government. The neofascist Italian Social Movement, profiting from the chaos, has become the largest party in Italy’s economically depressed South. All these political disturbances have taken place against a backdrop of mounting economic worries and an internecine war between the state and the Mafia.These political convulsions could well be designated a revolution. Since the fall of the Fourth Republic in France, no Western nation has undergone such a dramatic period of upheaval. This clear and balanced book provides both a historical account of the circumstances that led to la rivoluzione italiana and an explanation of why it took place after decades of complacency.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813326856
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Politics, Italian Style5
Craxi and De Mita9
The Camping Van Conspiracy15
Democracy, Italian Style18
3The Mafia and Politics24
Men of Honor25
The Mafia Turns Entrepreneur27
Palermo 1979-198629
The Unstable Pyramid32
How to Win Votes and Influence People36
Prisoners of the Mafia39
4The Lega Nord46
Umberto Bossi46
Warriors of the New Pontida50
A Movement Under Scrutiny53
The Republic of the North58
The Ruins of Brescia61
5The End of Italian Communism66
A Rare and Curious Animal67
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back71
La Cosa75
The Birth of the PDS79
6The June 1991 Referendum87
A Question of Proportion89
Mario Segni93
The Referendum Campaign97
7A President Versus the Parties106
Gladio107
Externator110
The Run-Up to Judgment Day114
The Election of a President120
8Operation Clean Hands126
High-Living Comrades127
A Long Hot Summer131
Checkmating the Red King133
The Unmasking of the DC140
The Two-Week Roller-Coaster Ride147
9Three Elections and a Trial155
The Stalingrad of the League156
The Mother of All Bribes161
The Short-Lived Victory of the Left165
Forza Italia!169
The Counter-Revolution174
10Premier Berlusconi182
The Italian Revolution186
Appendix189
Select Bibliography192
About the Book and Author195
Index196

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