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By Tom Behan

Over the past 20 years the camorra of Naples and the encircling sector has risen to a degree of strength rivalling that of the Sicilian mafia.This is no longer a brand new association: the Camorra first emerged within the final century, a number of many years earlier than the mafia. Tom Behan lines the heritage of the association from its inception to the current. till the Nineteen Seventies the level of its impression fluctuated, even though it consistently maitained shut relationships with the politiciains of the zone. although, because the Seventies new and extra strong different types of camorra have constructed: Raffaele Cutola's 'mass camorra' of unemployed adolescence focus on safety rackets, Lorenzo Nuvoletta's 'business camorra' has reinvested drug cash into building following the 1980 earthquake, and Carmine Alfieri's 'political camorra' has develop into tremendous ecocnomic via its skill to acquire public zone contracts.The Camorra is an engaging account of the transformation of the small-time cigarette smugglers of the Nineteen Sixties to the foreign marketers of the Nineteen Nineties.

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They were willing to enlist any THE POSTWAR DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAMORRA 35 kind of help to ensure that this transformation took place, including the Mafia. The political legacy of Fascism to Sicilian society was that very little middle ground existed. The Democrazia Cristiana (DC), the Italian Christian Democrat party, had not even been formed, so the Allies enlisted the help of elderly politicians who had been pushed aside by Fascism. These men had enjoyed very little popular support before Fascism, and gained even less now.

The main one centred around the town of Giugliano, to the north of the city, and extended up to Mondragone and as far as the Garigliano river. This was initially led by Alfredo Maisto, with Luigi Sciorio, Raffaele Ferrara and the Nuvoletta brothers all joining later. The other was based to the south of the city, in the towns of San Giovanni a Teduccio and Portici. 25 At the same time as the Mafia was consolidating its position in Naples and nurturing a new generation of Neapolitan criminals, separate developments were taking place in Campania, the region surrounding Naples.

In other words, the few remaining camorristi were largely incorporated within the Fascist system of power. In the countryside surrounding the city a more ‘Sicilian’ situation was allowed to exist. Fascism used the small Camorra gangs to intimidate those peasants who managed to maintain a small degree of organised opposition to the regime. However, any mention of Sicily in this context obviously brings the Mafia to mind, so it is useful at this point to examine the similarities and differences between the Camorra and its Sicilian counterpart.

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