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The Strategy of the Italian Communist Party: From the Resistance to the Historic Compromise
The Strategy of the Italian Communist Party: From the Resistance to the Historic Compromise
By Donald Sassoon
St. Martin's, 1981, 259 pp
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A highly intelligent study of the PCI's objectives and strategies in the postwar years, necessarily focusing on the major role of Palmiro Togliatti. Sophisticated in his analysis of doctrinal positions and of political reality, Sassoon, a British historian, examines the evolution of a party that achieved great successes and in recent years faced new setbacks. An excellent, if difficult, introduction to an understanding of the present position of the PCI, with its still clearer break with Moscow.