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Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
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Alternative Modernities

Antonio Gramsci's Twentieth Century

Authors: Vacca, Giuseppe

  • Places the development of Gramsci’s ideas, before and after he was imprisoned, in an international historical perspective
  • Makes use of major recent philological advances in understanding how Gramsci worked in prison
  • Considers and elucidates documents of the international communist movement which were inaccessible for many years
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Antonio Gramsci lived the Great War as a “historic break,” a profound experience that left an indelible mark on the development of his political thought. Translated into English for the first time, Alternative Modernities reconstructs and analyses this critical period of Gramsci’s intellectual formation through a systematic analysis of his writings from 1915 to 1935. For Gramsci, Soviet Communism, “Americanism,” and the “new” Fascist State were the principle responses to the crisis of the old world order. He portrayed them as the three protagonists of twentieth-century modernity, alternatives destined to tragically clash in the worldwide struggle for hegemony. Among the arguments in his Prison Notebooks, Gramsci casts doubt on the political strategy of Soviet Communism and the theoretical underpinnings of “official Marxism.” Instead, he suggests a radical revision of Marxism by breathing life into a new interpretation whose fundamental concepts are: politics as the struggle for hegemony, the “passive revolution” as a historical paradigm of modernity, and the philosophy of praxis as the welding between visions of the worlds, historical analyses, and political strategies. Gramsci’s intuitions culminate in a new theory of the political subject, supported by a reflection upon the 20th century that still speaks to us today, pointing the way toward a new narrative of world history.

About the authors

Giuseppe Vacca is a Professor and the former President of Fondazione Istituto Gramsci, Italy. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alternative Modernities
Book Subtitle
Antonio Gramsci's Twentieth Century
Authors
Translated by
Dennis, C., Boothman, D.
Series Title
Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47671-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47671-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47670-0
Series ISSN
2524-7123
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 269
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