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Phil Edwards

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078736

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078736.001.0001

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The Hot Autumn and after: a cycle of contention reconsidered

The Hot Autumn and after: a cycle of contention reconsidered

(p.5) 2 The Hot Autumn and after: a cycle of contention reconsidered
More Work! Less Pay!'

Phil Edwards

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses the events of the 1966–72 cycle of contention in Italy, particularly the so-called Hot Autumn of 1969. It discusses Sidney Tarrow's presentation of the events of the 1970s as a morbid after-effect of the earlier cycle of contention. It comments on the argument that the Hot Autumn of 1969 provided the radical activists with the opportunity to launch a succession of increasingly extreme, illegal and violent actions, outbidding one another in an attempt to galvanise a working-class constituency which was now lost to them. This chapter highlights the support of the Partito Comunista Italiano (PCI) to the first wave of activism and its rejection and denouncement of the second.

Keywords:   cycle of contention, 1966–72, Italy, Sidney Tarrow, Hot Autumn of 1969, radical activists, working-class constituency, PCI

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