Communism and anti-Communism in early Cold War Italy

Language, symbols and myths

By Andrea Mariuzzo

Communism and anti-Communism in early Cold War Italy


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2187-5
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2018
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, The Cold War, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism, HISTORY / General, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Society & social sciences / Marxism & Communism, The Cold War, Italy


The struggle in projects, ideas and symbols between the strongest Communist Party in the West and an anti-communist and pro-Western government coalition was the most peculiar founding element of Italian democratic political system after World War II.

Communism and anti-Communism in early Cold War Italy enlightens new aspects of and players of the anti-Communist 'front'. It takes into account the role of cultural associations, newspapers and the popular press in the selection and diffusion of critical judgements and images of Communism, highlighting a dimension that explains the force and the diffusion of anti-communist opinions in Italy after 1989 and the crisis of traditional parties. The author also places the case of Italian cold-war anti-communism in an international context for the first time.


1. Systems and methods for political communication in post-war Italy
2. Religious and moral values
3. Freedom and democracy
4. The fatherland, the Italian nation and its role in the world
5. Towards a legitimation of prosperity?


Andrea Mariuzzo is a Researcher in Contemporary History at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy

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