During the so-called years of lead, Italy had the highest rate of terrorist violence in the industrialized world. Terrorist groups, descending ideologically from the country’s Marxist Leninist and neofascist traditions, sought to destroy its democratic institutions. They failed. The success of the Italian government in ending this scourge merits careful study, for the lessons that might be gained in Learning how we might cope with terrorism today.
Keywords: left-wing armed groups, terrorist groups, Italy, radical political traditions
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