Check Libcom.org’s excellent reading guide on the Italian social movements of the 1960s-70s, which saw massive strikes, protests, occupations, directly democratic assemblies and widespread radicalism across society.
- 1962-1973: Worker and student struggles in Italy – Sam Lowry – Short, simply-worded history of the wave of strikes and occupations that gripped Italian factories and universities during the 1960s.
- States of emergency: Cultures of revolt in Italy from 1968 to 1978 – Robert Lumley – Complete text of the definitive book on Italy’s mass social movements of the 1960s and 70s tracing their development, growth, co-option and decline. Highly recommended.
- The Workerists and the unions in Italy’s ‘Hot Autumn’ – Steve Wright – A brief history of the Italian ‘Workerists’ in the ‘Hot Autumn’ of 1969, when unions succeeded in co-opting radical working class demands. Extract from the excellent and highly recommended book Storming Heaven.
- Italy 1977-8: Living with…
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