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Diane Fieldes

The rise and fall of the revolutionary left in Italy in the 1970s

Socialism 2017

Through the late 60s and the 70s the revolutionary left in Italy was the envy of most of the world. It boasted tens of thousands of members, and managed to bring together student radicals with worker activists and intellectuals to produce years of mass strikes, factory occupations, numerous socialist publications, and more. How did this incredible movement emerge, and what caused its subsequent crisis and collapse? An important session for those seeking to rebuild the left today.