A Pact with Vichy
Angelo Tasca from Italian Socialism to French Collaboration
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright
I have incurred great debts of gratitude in my years of work on this book. I would like to thank, first and foremost, Susanna Barrows, whose intelligence and passion guided me on Tasca’s path. Martin Jay has taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. David Bidussa, Albert Russell...
At the end of March 1944, Palmiro Togliatti returned to Italy from his Russian exile and announced to his comrades a radically new political strategy: the Italian Communist Party had to accept an alliance with any political group, on the left or on the right, interested in fighting against fascism for the...
1. Into the Battlefield
During the twentieth century, the communist movement was never afraid to manipulate its own history to serve its political goals. Josef Stalin famously instructed his secret police and his photographic experts to erase from photographs and paintings the images of revolutionary leaders who had...
2. Learning Russian: Angelo Tasca and the Stalinization of the Communist Parties
During the second half of the 1920s, Angelo Tasca’s life was changed forever by two events he could not control: the fascist seizure of power and the Stalinization of communist parties worldwide. Fascism forced Tasca into exile, permanently separating him from Italy. The Stalinization of the...
3. In Limbo: Angelo Tasca and Liberal Democracy
The historical events that characterized the 1930s until the eve of World War II deeply changed Angelo Tasca. As in the previous decade, his life was determined more by the history of the great ideologies of the first half of the twentieth century than by his private decisions. The progress of the...
4. The Road to Vichy
In 1938, while Léon Blum was still trying to salvage the Popular Front, Gallimard published La naissance du fascisme, Tasca’s historiographical masterpiece. This book sparked a debate on the danger of a fascist seizure of power in France, and its author became the recognized expert on the topic...
5. A Socialist in Vichy
On September 3, 1944, Angelo Tasca spent the day in his apartment in Vichy, writing in his diary. At night, three young men knocked on his door. One of them, who identified himself as Captain Chartons (or Chartrons), said that Tasca was under arrest and that they had come to take him to...
During the forty days he spent in prison in September 1944, Tasca still talked about socialism, but he dreamed of a trip to Italy with Liliane Chaumette. Surrounded by inmates who wanted to see a new German-Russian alliance that would embarrass the French communists, and by the...
Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension
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