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Episode 6: The origins of the ‘ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy’s most powerful mafia | Spring 2011 - Lunch Hour Lectures

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Episode 6 - Lunch Hour Lectures - Spring 2011

The origins of the ‘ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy’s most powerful mafia

On 15 August 2007, six young men with origins in the Italian region of Calabria were ambushed and murdered in the German steel town of Duisburg. This was northern Europe’s St Valentine’s Day massacre, the worst ever mafia bloodbath outside Italy and the United States. Suddenly, journalists across the globe were struggling with what the New York Times called an ‘unpronounceable name’: ‘ndrangheta (en-drang-get-ah.) In the 1990s, the ‘ndrangheta placed itself in a leading position in the European wholesale cocaine market by dealing direct with South American producers. It is now thought to be the wealthiest and most powerful of Italy’s major criminal brotherhoods. But how, when, and why did it first emerge?

Prof John Dickie
UCL Italian
University College London

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