Italian resistance

The left wing opposition in Italy during the period of the Resistance - Arturo Peregalli

An account of the groups to the left of the PCI, during WW2 by Arturo Peregalli. First published in 'Revolutionary History, Vol.5, No.4' ( Translated by Barbara Rossi and Doris Bornstein. It is based upon Peregalli’s 'Il Partito Comunista Internazionalista', and 'L’altra Resistenza: Il PCI e le opposizioni di sinistra in Italia, 1943–45', which first appeared as a series of fascicles in the 'Studi e Ricerche' series of the Centro Pietro Tresso (nos. 2, 4, 5, 8, 16, 17 and 21) and later as a full length book published by Graphos (Genoa 1991).

No to the draft! Maria Occhipinti and the Ragusa revolt of January 1945

Maria Occhipinti

A short account by Meno Occhipinti of the Ragusa revolt, and the role Maria Occhipinti played in it.

The Republic of Labin, 1921

Hammer and sickle from the Republic of Labin

A short history of a short-lived uprising of coal miners in Croatia following an attack by Italian fascists, by Steven Johns.

When insurrections die - Gilles Dauvé

This is a reconceived version of 'Fascism and Anti-Fascism'. In this text, Dauvé shows how the wave of proletarian revolts in the first half of the twentieth century failed: either because they were crushed by the vicissitudes of war and ideology, or because their “victories” took the form of counter-revolutions themselves, setting up social systems which, in their reliance on monetary exchange and wage-labour, failed to transcend capitalism.

Melacci, Bernardo (1893-1943)

Bernardo Melacci

A short biography of Italian anarchist Bernardo Melacci

Red years, black years: anarchist resistance to fascism in Italy

Anarchist partisans in Italy

A detailed pamphlet on the history of the Italian anarchist resistance to fascism from the 1920s to 1945 and beyond by region. First published in 1973, translated to English by Alan Hunter and published in 1989 by ASP.

Amadeo Bordiga and the myth of Antonio Gramsci - John Chiaradia

Plaque commemorating Gramsci in Moscow

Useful article about the relationship between Bordiga and Gramsci and the stalinisation of the Italian workers' movement.

Mantovani, Mario (1897-1977) aka Lucio Adorni aka Mario Ferrarini aka Lucio Adali

Mantovani third from left

A short biography of Mario Mantovani, veteran Italian anarchist

Pelliccia, Nelly (1925-1945)

Anarchist column in Carrara region

A short biography of Italian anarchist partisan Nelly Pelliccia

Armed with a yellow mimosa: Women’s defence and assistance groups in Italy, 1943–45

A journal article by Jomarie Alano on the history of the Gddd in the Italian Resistance.