The Other Italy: The Italian Resistance in World War II

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Italian resistance began as a spontaneous uprising against both Nazi occupiers and native fascists after Italy's unconditional surrender to the Allies on September 8, 1943. Unwilling to wait for the arrival of the Allied armies, civilians, often armed with little more than sticks and stones, protected industries, public works and art treasures while slightly better-equipped partisans hastened the retreat of the German army. Drawing on material gathered from archives in Italy as well as extensive interviews, Wilhelm pays particular attention to three resistance minorities: the Jews of Italy who, partly because of the support of the populace in general, played an aggressive role; the Catholic clergy who, ignoring the official neutrality of the Vatican, contributed significantly; and Italian women, who in addition to their patriotic commitment, were fighting for their own emancipation. As the author makes plain, the cost of the resistance was severe, but its achievements were an essential element in restoring Italian morale and self-confidence. Photos not seen by PW. (August)
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Offering a series of episodic events beginning in 1943, the author presents a gripping and, at times, deeply moving account of the Italian underground movement against the German invaders and their Italian Fascist allies. She bases her work on archival research and numerous personal interviews, ultimately chronicling the heroism of small groups of individuals. Such a methodology is plausible because the popular resistance was not an organized event but a spontaneous uprising fought at various local levels. A more scholarly analysis is C.F. Delzell's Mussolini's Enemies (1961), but as popular history this is highly recommended. W.F. Young, SUNY at Albany Lib.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393025682
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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