Andrea Costa and the Rise of Socialism in the Romagna, by Manuel G. Gonzales

Andrea Costa and the Rise of Socialism in the Romagna, by Manuel G. Gonzales
Andrea Costa and the Rise of Socialism in the Romagna, by Manuel G. Gonzales

Paperback published by the University Press of America in 1980, 411 pages (S8295QWSO)

From the preface: The years from 1871 to 1892 represent a very cru­cial period in the history of the Italian socialist move­ ment. It is at this time that Italy witnessed the tran­sition from anarchism to socialism, a transition that culminates in the formation of the Italian Socialist Party at the Congress of Genoa. Much of the credit for this development should be given to Andrea Costa, who was wide­ ly regarded as the leader of the socialist movement in his country during these two decades. Unfortunately, Costa's role as an architect of the Socialist Party, or the Partito dei Lavoratori Italiani as it was originally christened, has not been fully appreciated. In fact, Costa has been almost wholly neglected by historians, and the little that has been written about him rarely goes beyond the symbolic stature of the man as the "Fa­ther of Italian Socialism." Since a scholarly study of Andrea Costa seems long overdue, particularly one which focuses on this important period in Italian history, this task is the one to which I am addressing myself.

In this biography Costa will be seen in the context of the Italian socialist and working-class movement, but a major emphasis, as the title of the book indicates, will be placed on his work and influence in northern Italy, especially in the Romagna. There are two reasons why the regional aspect will be stressed: first, because it is my firm belief that before 1892 (and to some extent af­terwards also) socialism on the peninsula was divided re­gionally and its characteristics differed markedly accord­ing to its particular environment; and secondly, because while Costa's impact on socialism outside of the Romagna and the surrounding area was rather limited, in that re­gion he clearly dominated the situation. Perhaps, too, it should be added that in the two decades encompassed by this study the Romagna was widely acknowledged as the prin­cipal citadel of the socialist movement in Italy.

I realize that looking at Costa from a special point of view, as a Romagnol socialist, will result in a rather circumscribed perspective from which much will be exclud­ed. This is unfortunate, but apparently unavoidable.....

The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, and some discolouration and colour fading along the edges (front and rear side), but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The book is number '1360', as shown by a stamp on the first inside page.
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