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Revolutionary groups after 1968: Some lessons drawn from a comparative analysis

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Comparing the most important 'fighting organizations' of the '1968 years' (Action Directe in France, the Red Brigades in Italy, the Red Army Fraction in Germany, the Japanese Red Army and the Weather Underground Organization in the United States), this article examines their common origins in the upheavals of 1968 (educated protest, international solidarity, crisis of the traditional left) and their identical processes of radicalisation (factionalism and repression). Then, it seeks to understand their contrasting destinies in reference to their relations with the working class and the framing of the concept of 'new fascism'.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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