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Anatomy of the Red Brigades: The Religious Mind-set of Modern Terrorists

Alessandro Orsini


The Red Brigades were a far-left terrorist group in Italy formed in 1970 and active all through the 1980s. Infamous around the world for a campaign of assassinations, kidnappings, and bank robberies, the Red Brigades' most notorious crime was the kidnapping and murder of Italy's former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978. In the late 1990s, a new group revived the name Red Brigades and killed a number of professors and government officials. The Red Brigades and their actions raise a host of questions about the motivations, ideologies, and mind-sets of people who commit horrific acts of violence i ... More

Keywords: Red Brigades, terrorist group, Italy, Aldo Moro murder, anticapitalist terrorists, utopia, corruption, violence, revolutionary terror, neonazi terrorist groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449864
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alessandro Orsini, author
LUISS University of Rome