By Tim Parks
Is Italy a united state, or a free association of warring states? Is Italian soccer a recreation, or an ill-disguised protraction of historic enmities?
Tim Parks is going at the street to stick with the fortunes of Hellas Verona soccer membership, to pay a special type of stopover at to a few of the world's most pretty towns. this can be a hugely own account of 1 man's dating with a rustic, its humans and its nationwide activity. A e-book that mixes the pleasures of trip writing with a profound research of 1 country's mad, mad manner of retaining itself entertained.
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Beyond the Popular Fronts, however, and especially after their defeat, the real touchstone in the 1 930s was how to avert another war. This is the issue on which there is still so much reticence today, and so much distortion of the events and the con nections between them. Hitler's belligerent frenzy could have been halted in time. There is abundant historical evidence that, despite his assumption of absolute powers, the idea of openly planning for war in the short term met with opposition in Germany, even among powerful forces that could have blocked or overturned it.
Especially in the person of Palmiro Togliatti, it also began to adumbrate a strategic conception of 'progressive democracy', which was consistent with Togliatti's earlier Lectures on Fascism and picked up the tenuous thread of the Lyons Congress ( inspired by Gramsci) . Beyond the Popular Fronts, however, and especially after their defeat, the real touchstone in the 1 930s was how to avert another war. This is the issue on which there is still so much reticence today, and so much distortion of the events and the con nections between them.
S ry, b u t t h • · THE LEGACY 31 frenzied planning and collectivization of every last parcel of land were another matter - not to speak of the mass deportations of the peasantry. A third error, initiated by Lenin and corrected only after fatal delay, was the branding of 'centrism' as the main enemy within the workers' movement. Social Democracy certainly deserved much of the blame, with its succession of broken pledges, unful filled concessions and unprincipled alliances, but it was sheer sectarianism on the Comintern's part to write off a broad and still fluid milieu with which serious discussion would sometimes have been possible, to issue 'take it or leave it' ultimatums, and to propose no more than a united front from below that excluded other party leaderships.
A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Character, and...Goals! by Tim Parks