Italian Neofascism: The Strategy of Tension and the Politics of Nonreconciliation

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Berghahn Books, Jan 30, 2008 - History - 196 pages
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During the Cold War Italy witnessed the existence of an anomalous version of a civil conflict, defined as a 'creeping' or a 'low-intensity' civil war. Political violence escalated, including bomb attacks against civilians, starting with a massacre in Milan, on 12 December 1969, and culminating with the massacre in Bologna, on 2 August 1980. Making use of the literature on national reconciliation and narrative psychology theory, this book examines the fight over the 'judicial' and the 'historical' truth in Italy today, through a contrasting analysis of judicial findings and the 'narratives of victimhood' prevalent among representatives of both the post- and the neo-fascist right.

 

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Contents

Introduction to Part I
19
The Role of the Armed Forces and Intelligence
45
Interpretations of the Strategy of Tension
62
Conclusion to Part I
80
The Rights
96
The Selfnarratives of Extremeright Protagonists
127
Conclusion to Part II
158
Index
179
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About the author (2008)

Anna Cento Bull is Professor of Italian History and Politics at the University of Bath. Her publications include Social Identities and Political Cultures in Italy (Oxford: Berghahn, 2000); The Lega Nord and The Northern Question in Italian Politics (London: Palgrave, 2001) (with M. Gilbert) and Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s. (Legenda: Oxford, 2005) (edited jointly with A. Giorgio).

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