Italy in the Cold War

Italy in the Cold War : Politics, Culture and Society, 1948-1958

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Many of Italy's current problems can be traced back to the years 1948-1958, one of the most interesting but least-studied periods of recent Italian history. This was a decade in which the main cultural and political parameters of contemporary Italy were laid down. It was a time of enormous intellectual and artistic vitality, and a period in which the tensions generated by the Cold War affected the country to a greater degree than in any other western nation. This first general survey of the period provides an overview of the political and economic position of Italy during the Cold War as well as an assessment of the affect of the Cold War on intellectual, cultural and artistic life. Distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines present case-histories on subjects as diverse as:- the state's attitude towards the evolution of the family;- the American presence in the Italian economy; and- the place of the Italian film in world cinema. -Italys attitude towards the EEC and its relationship with NATOStudents and specialists who wish to enhance their understanding of Italian current affairs will find this interdisciplinary approach to the period more

Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 17.3mm | 458.14g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Berg Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 1859730388
  • 9781859730386
  • 2,418,996

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'an important addition to scholarship on Italian history, politics and social anthropology, as well as a contribution to our understanding of the Italian concept of regionalism from different perspectives. [...] From an anthropological point of view, this reader may represent a landmark for future case studies on the ways in which the ideologies of the autonomist movements are received and interpreted by the people involved.'Journal of Cambridge Anthropology'an interesting book which will be appreciated by political scientists and political sociologists in search of longitudinal perspectives, and by all readers who believe in interdisciplinary work.'South European Society and Politicsshow more

About Christopher Duggan

Christopher Duggan is Reader in Italian History and Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Italian, University of Reading . Christopher Wagstaff is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of Readingshow more

Table of contents

Italy in the Cold War years and the legacy of fascism, Christopher Duggan; Italy, Europe and the Cold War - the politics and economics of limited sovereignity, D.W. Ellwood; Italy's policy towards European integration (1947-1958), Antonio Varsori; Pope Pius XII - chaplain of the Atlantic alliance? Peter Hebblethwaite; American influence on the Italian economy, Vera Zamagni; Italy in the post-war international cinema market, Christopher Wagstaff; the changing face of Christian democracy, Percy Allum; the legacy of the prison notebooks - Gramsci, the PCI and Italian culture in the Cold War period, Stephen Gundle; the family in the fifties - a notion in conflict with a reality? Lesley Caldwell; industrial design or industrial aesthetics? The American influence on the emergence of the Italian modern design movement 1948-1958, Penny Sparke; cultural and ideological effects of linguistic borrowings, Diego Zancani; Italian images of Russia, Donald Sassoon; critics and intellectuals during the Cold War - the case of Franco Fortini, Robert S. more