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Title: Young partisans and Ragazzi con la maglietta a strisce Communist Youth in Italy between the resistance and July 1960 : a study and generational study
Author: Goretti, Leo
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 839X
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2011
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The thesis deals with the history of the youth organisations of the Italian Communist Party (PC!) and the experiences of their militants in the period between the Antifascist Resistance (1943-1945) and the riots against the Tambroni government (1960). The first chapter is concerned with issues of a political-organisational nature, such as the relationship between the adult Party and its offshoot youth networks - most notably, the Frante della Gioventu and the Federazione Giovanile Comunista Italiana. The policies and the activities implemented by the latter are extensively discussed. The second chapter analyses the educational thought of the most prominent Italian Communist leaders (Antonio Gramsci, Palmiro Togliatti, Enrico Berlinguer). It also examines the views, values and moral qualities that the Communist movement strove to pass on to its young cadres and activists, and the variety of educational means (namely, the Party schools and press) to which it resorted. The third chapter focuses on the policies and the organisations that were specifically geared to young women. In addition, it discusses the education regarding love and sex that was fostered within the Communist youth organisations, and the ideas of masculinity, femininity and morality that were inherent in it. The fourth and final chapter endeavours to outline the identities and mentality of the different generations of Communist militants who were politically socialised in the early post-war period. The thesis draws on a variety of sources, such as documents of the PC! and the Italian National Archives, a number of Communist magazines and pamphlets, sociological surveys, memoirs of, and interviews with, former militants.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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