Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Anatomy of the Red BrigadesThe Religious Mind-set of Modern Terrorists$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alessandro Orsini

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449864

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449864.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 22 October 2019



(p.1) Introduction
Anatomy of the Red Brigades

Alessandro Orsini

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to tell the story of a pathos that became a political movement and kept an entire country under siege for almost twenty years, leading it to the brink of civil war. The story of the Red Brigades and their homicidal fury is the story of a sociopsychological process that strips the victim of humanity. This process is called the “pedagogy of intolerance.” The book attempts to see the world through the eyes of professional revolutionaries. It reconstructs the Red Brigades' mental universe, which “sees politics as indivisible from the use of force” and is based on the “denial of reality.” Renato Curcio, Alberto Franceschini, Margherita Cagol, Mario Moretti, Mario Galesi, and Nadia Desdemona Lioce, to cite just some of the more famous names, are all part of a shared history: the history of revolutionary gnosticism and of the pedagogy of intolerance—the educational process that turns the rebel into a professional revolutionary.

Keywords:   Red Brigades, political movements, intolerance, revolutionaries, revolutionary gnosticism

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.