One of the enduring myths about World War Two is that the Allies alone liberated occupied Europe. However, many countries had successful anti-fascist movements, and Italy's was one of the biggest and most politically radical. Yet it remains relatively unknown outside of its own homeland.
Tom Behan tells this inspiring history. Within Italy many plaques and streets commemorate the actions of the partisans - a movement from below that grew as Mussolini's dictatorship unravelled. Led by radical left forces, the Resistance trod a thin line between fighting their enemies at home and maintaining an uneasy working relationship with the Allies.
Through the use of unpublished archival material and interviews with surviving partisans, this is an inspiring story of liberation.
Tom Behan was Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Kent. His books include The Italian Resistance (Pluto, 2009) and See Naples and Die (Tauris, 2009).
Abbreviations Acknowledgements Chronology Part I Introduction: The meaning of the Resistance; How this book is structured. 1. Midnight in the Century 2. The Mafia and street kids - how fascism fell in the South 3. People, parties and partisans 4. Resistance in the mountains 5. Resistance in the cities 6. 'Aldo says 26 for one' 7. Postwar partisan activity 8. The long liberation Part II 9. Female fighters 10. The Partisan Republics 11. Organising 'terrorism' 12. An uneasy alliance Conclusion Notes Index