A man between two worlds? Palmiro Togliatti and the Italian communist party

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2009 Number 1

A man between two worlds? Palmiro Togliatti and the Italian communist party
Linda Risso, pages -

Abstract

A roundtable discussion with Aldo Agosti, Tobias Abse, Geoff Andrews, Maud Bracke and Carl Levy; chaired by Linda Risso

Aldo Agosti’s biography of the Italian communist leader Palmiro Togliatti was first published in Italy in 1996 and first appeared in an English translation in 2008. In introducing the biography in this roundtable discussion, the author returns to his characterisation of Togliatti as a ‘man of the frontier’ or ‘man between two worlds’. His respondents, all of them British-based authorities on the Italian left, raise issues such as Togliatti’s role in Spain, in 1956 and in the svolta di Salerno (1944) among a wide range of other questions. In replying to discussion, Agosti concludes that Togliatti should be seen as having established the important and contradictory phenomenon of a party which was both fully inserted into the Italian system and yet seen as being impossible to share power with.

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Linda Risso (2009) A man between two worlds? Palmiro Togliatti and the Italian communist party, Twentieth Century Communism, 2009(1), -

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