Olof Palme e i venti della storia

Autore: Monica Quirico
In: Meridiana. 62, 2008
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Olof Palme and the Winds of History
Olof Palme, chairman of the Swedish Social Democratic Party (Sap) from 1969 to 1986, and prime minister from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1982 to 1986, was a politician well-known abroad and controversial at home: the two-volumes biography written by Kjell Östberg – the first volume covers the period 1927-69 (from Palme’s birth to his appointment to chairman), while the second is on his years both as prime minister and in opposition – is a valuable contribution to the knowledge of Palme’s achievements (his first mandate is related to the golden age of Swedish reformism) as well as ambiguities (his radicalism as a speaker, but not as a politician). His murder is still a mystery: but the hatred he was surrounded by is reason for thinking about the challenges issued to those who are intended to reform market society.