Alceste De Ambris (1874 - 1934)


(2) Alceste De Ambris

Alceste De Ambris was an Italian syndicalist. He was head of the cabinet of the Regency of Carnaro from January 1920. It was De Ambris who gave the government of Fiume a strong revolutionary slant, both in terms of internal policy and planning, and with regard to political action aimed at forging links with exponents of Italian revolutionary forces, from the syndicalist Giuseppe Giulietti and the anarchist Errico Malatesta, to the members of the maximalist wing of the Socialist party. With Gabriele D'Annunzio, he coauthored the Charter of Carnaro (1920), a constitution for Fiume. De Ambris provided the legal and political framework for the document while D'Annunzio used his skills as a poet to make the document more impressive; he was also the leader of a group of Italian seamen who had mutined and then given their vessel to the service of D'Annunzio.

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