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Revolutionary Violence and the New Left
Transnational Perspectives

ISBN 9781138184411
Published August 9, 2016 by Routledge
288 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Leading figures and rising stars in the field present the first contribution explaining the transnational nature of the revolutionary violence of the New Left. Focusing on the processes of dissemination of ideologies and mobilization of ideas and repertoires of action among the revolutionary organizations of the New Left in Latin America, Europe, and the United States, this book contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of the New Left wave and, at the same time, helps explain the "why" of the emergence of very similar armed leftist groups in vastly different geographical and political contexts.

Table of Contents


Peter Waldmann


Alberto Martín Álvarez and Eduardo Rey Tristán

1. Reflections on the Third or New Left Wave: 17 Years Later

David C. Rapoport

Part I: The Origins and Diffusion of the Wave

2. The Cuban Connection. The Departamento America and the Latin American Revolutions

Dirk Kruijt

3. The role of the Left – wing editors on the diffusion of the New Left wave. The case of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli

Eduardo Rey Tristán and Guillermo Gracia Santos

4. The Legitimization of Latin-American guerrilla warfare in the Italian Radical Catholicism

Guido Panvini

5. Hitler’s Children? German Terrorism as Part of the Transnational ‘New Left Wave’

Petra Terhoeven

6. The Impact of the Third World and the Armed Struggle Debate on the People’s Liberation Front. Spain, 1958-1965

Eudald Cortina Orero

7. Transnational Ties of the Japanese Armed Left. Shared Revolutionary Ideas and Direct Personal Contacts

Patricia G. Steinhoff

Part II: Building a Transnational Imagined Community

8. Frames of Injustice across Borders. Revolutionary Left and Police Repression in Italy, France, and the USA

Luca Falciola

9. Floating with the Tide. The Formation of the "Third Wave" and the Influx of American Radicals

Daniel Kaiser & Holger Marcks

10. The Long Wave. The New Left in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador

Alberto Martín Álvarez

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Alberto Martín Alvarez is Full Professor and Researcher in Political Sociology at the Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora in Mexico. His research focuses on political violence, revolutionary movements and the history of the left during the 20th Century.

Eduardo Rey Tristán is Professor and Researcher of Latin American History at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. His research has focused on the theme of political violence, revolutions and guerrilla movements in Latin America during the 20th Century.


"El libro constituye el primer intento de construir una perspectiva global sobre la emergencia y desarrollo de la izquierda armada...lejos de limitarse a un ejercicio de indagación histórica, este libro atesora lecciones para el entendimiento del terrorismo y la insurgencia a escala global...." - Guillermo Mira Delli Zotti, América Latina Hoy

"Este volumen es un ingente esfuerzo que reúne a investigadores expertos ... con el fin de mostrar la importancia que tuvo la tercera ola de violencia revolucionaria...esta reflexión también puede darnos pistas para comprender la cuarta ola de violencia revolucionaria en la que hoy estamos inmersos." - Salvador Martí i Puig, Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals