Antonia Gramsci: An Introduction to His Thought



Antonia Gramsci: An Introduction to His Thought
1970 | 160 Pages | ISBN: 095011653X , 0950116548 | scanned PDF | 7 MB

Antonio Gramsci, a major founding figure of the Italian Communist Party and its most original theoretician, is little known beyond the borders of Italy. Yet he pursued a path of political activism and intellectual innovation which gives his work a contemporary significance on a level with that of Lenin, Trotsky and Luxemburg. He is a figure of major historical importance whose extension of Marxian analysis into the realms of culture and of art is never divorced from his concern with the working class conquest of power and subsequent transformation of society. His work presents us with an integration of the economic, social, political, cultural and moral aspects of the achievement of freedom, as well as throwing light on the nature of class consciousness and the revolutionary party.
In this study Alberto Pozzolini sets out to present an introduction to Gramsci’s life and thought, not in any uncritical manner, but with a lucidity and integrity, presenting Gramsci in his strengths and weaknesses, with his insights and limitations. The author outlines the whole of Gramsci’s life and work, and the relationship between his concerns and the developing political situation in the revolutionary period immediately after the First World War into the rise and the consolidation of the Fascist dictatorship. He then deals with the particular themes of central concern to Gramsci's thought — the relationship of the various classes under capitalism, the nature of the class struggle, the revolutionary party and its relationship with the trade unions, the intellectuals, culture, education, science. The book quotes extensively from the whole range of Gramsci’s work - to allow Gramsci to ‘ speak for himself ’ - with a linking commentary by Pozzolini which avoids prejudgement or dogmatic interpretation.


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