In the 1970s, Italy came to the brink of revolution, the most widespread assault on state power Western Europe had seen since the Spanish revolution. Every aspect of the state’s functioning was aggressively challenged. Millions of people were actively imposing their demands – workers, students, women. New ways of doing politics were developed including strikes, wildcats, student revolts, armed struggle and people having fun. These are all part of the story.

The history of Italian radicalism in the 70s is largely unknown in this country. These talks and films look at how the movement came about and how we can make sure it happens here. When the Italian working class fought back they influenced workers across Europe. Marco will outline the effect of ‘Autonomia’ on the German Workers movement in the 1970s.

Includes the film Dissobedienti.

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Keiron Farrow



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