The Italian Revolution / Edition 1

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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: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Gilbert is assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 Introduction 1
2 Politics, Italian Style 5
Craxi and De Mita 9
The Camping Van Conspiracy 15
Democracy, Italian Style 18
3 The Mafia and Politics 24
Men of Honor 25
The Mafia Turns Entrepreneur 27
Palermo 1979-1986 29
The Unstable Pyramid 32
How to Win Votes and Influence People 36
Prisoners of the Mafia 39
4 The Lega Nord 46
Umberto Bossi 46
Warriors of the New Pontida 50
A Movement Under Scrutiny 53
The Republic of the North 58
The Ruins of Brescia 61
5 The End of Italian Communism 66
A Rare and Curious Animal 67
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back 71
La Cosa 75
The Birth of the PDS 79
6 The June 1991 Referendum 87
A Question of Proportion 89
Mario Segni 93
The Referendum Campaign 97
7 A President Versus the Parties 106
Gladio 107
Externator 110
The Run-Up to Judgment Day 114
The Election of a President 120
8 Operation Clean Hands 126
High-Living Comrades 127
A Long Hot Summer 131
Checkmating the Red King 133
The Unmasking of the DC 140
The Two-Week Roller-Coaster Ride 147
9 Three Elections and a Trial 155
The Stalingrad of the League 156
The Mother of All Bribes 161
The Short-Lived Victory of the Left 165
Forza Italia! 169
The Counter-Revolution 174
10 Premier Berlusconi 182
The Italian Revolution 186
Appendix 189
Select Bibliography 192
About the Book and Author 195
Index 196
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