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Unforgettable 1956? The PCI and the crisis of Communism in Italy

Iandolo, Alessandro (2014) Unforgettable 1956? The PCI and the crisis of Communism in Italy. Contemporary European History, 23 (02). pp. 259-282. ISSN 0960-7773

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0960777314000046


The Italian left has always perceived 1956 as an extraordinary year, because of the succession of international events that supposedly shocked many Italian militants and convinced them to abandon communism and the Italian Communist Party. On the contrary, this article claims that the real reasons for the crisis of communism in Italy had little to do with international events and must be found instead in the momentous economic and social changes that Italy was experiencing at the time. Unforgettable 1956 was therefore only a moment in a longer-term process that was destined to change communism in Italy. The article is based on previously unused documents now available at the Italian Communist Party Archive

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Additional Information: © 2014 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 16:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:48

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