Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s

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Commonly referred to collectively as the anni di piombo - years of lead - the 1970s have been seen as a parenthesis in Italian history, which was dominated by political violence and terrorism. The seventeen essays in this wide-ranging collection adopt different scholarly perspectives to challenge this monolithic view and uncover the complexity of the decade, exploring its many facets and re-assessing political conflict. The volume brings to the fore the ruptures of the period through an examination of literature, film, gender relations, party politics and political participation, social structures and identities. This more balanced assessment of the period allows the vibrancy and dynamism of new social and cultural movements to emerge. The long-lasting effects of this period on Italian culture and society and its crucial legacy to the present are lucidly revealed, dispelling the widely-held belief that the 1970s were largely a regressive decade.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)1904350720
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameItalian Perspectives

Bibliographical note

Legenda is an imprint of the Modern Humanities Research Association in partnership with Maney Publishing.


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