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Communism and anti-Communism in early Cold War Italy: Language, symbols and myths

Andrea Mariuzzo


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 the Italian democratic political system after World War II. Until now, most historians have focused their attention on political parties as the only players in the competition for the making of political orientations and civic identities in Italian public opinion. Others have considered Italian political struggle in the 1940s and 1950s in terms of the polarisation between Communism and organized Cathol ... More

Keywords: Post-WWII Italy, Italian Communism, Anti-Communism, Political culture, Political languages, Political communication, Catholic associations, Cold War, Christian democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526121875
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526121875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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