Journals Higher Education



02 January 2012

232 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823245642

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A Pact with Vichy

Angelo Tasca from Italian Socialism to French Collaboration

Emanuel Rota

A Fordham University Press Publication

World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension (FUP)

Angelo Tasca, a pivotal figure in twentieth century Italian political history, and indeed European history, is frequently overshadowed by his fascist opponent Mussolini or his socialist and communist colleagues (Gramsci and Togliatti). Yet, as Emanuel Rota reveals in this captivating biography, Tasca--also known as Serra, A. Rossi, André Leroux, and XX--was in fact a key political player in the first half of the twentieth century and an ill-fated representative of the age of political extremes he helped to create. In A Pact with Vichy readers meet the Italian intellect and politician with fresh eyes as the author demystifies Tasca's seemingly bizarre trajectory from revolutionary socialist to communist to supporter of the Vichy regime. Rota demonstrates how Tasca, an indefatigable cultural operator and socialist militant, tried all his life to maintain his commitment to scientific analysis in the face of the rise of fascism and Stalinism, but his struggle ended in a personal and political defeat that seemed to contradict all his life when he lent his support to the Vichy government.

This riveting, perceptive biography offers readers a privileged window into one of the twentieth century's most intriguing yet elusive characters. It is a must read for history buffs, students, and scholars alike.


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