by Claudio Pavone, translated by Peter Levy - £46.99 Verso Books (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781781687772 | ISBN 10: 1781687773
A Civil War is a history of the wartime Italian Resistance, recounted by a historian who, as a young man, took part in the struggle against Mussoliniís fascist Republic. Since its publication in Italy, Claudio Pavoneís masterwork has become indispensable to anyone seeking to understand this period and its continuing importance for the nationís identity.
Pavone casts a sober eye on his protagonistsí ethical and ideological motivations. He uncovers a multilayered conflict, in which class antagonisms, patriotism and political ideals all played a part. A clear understanding of this complexity allows him to explain many details of the post-war transition, as well as the legacy of the Resistance for modern Italy. In addition to being a monumental work of scholarship, A Civil War is a folk history, capturing events, personalities and attitudes that were on the verge of slipping entirely out of recollection to the detriment of Italyís understanding of itself and its past.
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