"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 Mussolini s fascist Republic. Since its publication in Italy, Claudio Pavone s masterwork has become indispensable to anyone seeking to understand this period and its continuing importance for the nation s identity.Pavone casts a sober eye on his protagonists 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 Italy s understanding of itself and its past."
Claudio Pavone was born in Rome in 1920 and, as a young man, took an active part in the Resistance movement. A renowned historian, he worked in the National Arcives and was Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Pisa. At present, he is the President of the Historic Institute of the Liberation Movement in Italy, the Vice President of the Italian Society of Contemporary History and the Director of the journal "Parolechiave." "From the Hardcover edition."