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Confronting America : the Cold War between the United States and the communists in France and Italy /
Alessandro Brogi.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
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xii, 533 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0807834734 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807834732 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
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0807834734 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807834732 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The communists and national rebirth in France and Italy, 1944-1946 -- Confronting the communists in government : the American response, 1944-1947 -- Polarized confrontation : U.S. aid and propaganda versus cominform in France and Italy, 1947-1950 -- Communist peace campaigns and American psychological warfare, 1948-1955 -- The cultural Cold War at its peak : mass culture and intellectuals, 1948-1956 -- Diplomatic maneuvering : communist and American interplay of foreign and domestic policies during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations -- Redefining oppression : the 1960s, from affluence to youth protest -- Redefining interdependence : the Eurocommunism of the 1970s and the U.S. response -- Epilogue : cultural and political decline.
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7651639
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-507) and index.
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Brogi's book looks not only at Italian and French Communist resistance to Americanization, but it also reveals how the United States was forced by the anti-American Communist Parties in France and Italy to reassess its anticommunist strategies, its image, and the general meaning of American liberal capitalist culture and ideology.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
Brogi (Univ. of Arkansas) masterfully examines US efforts to counter influence of the French and Italian communist parties throughout the Cold War. He approaches this key facet of the US-European alliance from all sides, using economic, cultural, intellectual, and other perspectives. To combat communist influence in France and Italy, the US used diplomacy while countering anti-Americanism to undermine communist appeal in both countries. The mere existence of Soviet-supported communist parties in the heart of Europe threatened US influence in this central stage of the Cold War, particularly in France, where anti-Americanism was especially strong. In both France and Italy, communists had to balance the bidding of the Soviet Union with advancing their own social and nationalist agendas to remain politically relevant. Most interestingly, Brogi convincingly argues that broader political backlash against US efforts to weaken the influence of the French and Italian communist parties forced the US to reassess its Cold War policies and assumptions. Ultimately, the French and Italian communist parties failed to adapt to modernization epitomized by the US postwar experience, nor could they reconcile their Soviet-mandated communist message with political, economic, and cultural realities in their own countries. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty. W. T. Allison Georgia Southern University
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"Critically important. . . . Brogi has told us a unique and fascinating story and illuminated an otherwise unexplored yet critical aspect of the Cold War." -Irwin Wall, University of California, Riverside, H-Diplo Roundtable
"Impressive. . . . A significant contribution to the historiography of the Cold War, and illustrates the possibilities of multi-archival research for U.S. foreign relations and international history." - Cercles
"One would be hard pressed to find a more suitable candidate than Alessandro Brogi to write a comparative account of the Cold War relationship(s) between France, Italy, and the United States. . . . [A] testimony to the fact that work in Western archives continues to bear rich fruit." -Kaeten Mistry, University of East Anglia, H-Diplo Roundtable
"Alessandro Brogi's impressively researched and convincingly argued book will furnish readers with a comparative dimension from the recent past for today's varieties of anti-Americanism.Confronting Americais an extraordinary work of scholarship and deserves the highest praise."--Richard Drake, University of Montana
"Brogi masterfully examines US efforts to counter influence of the French and Italian communist parties throughout the Cold War." - Choice
" Confronting America adds significantly to our understanding of Washington's successful post-World War II policies in Western Europe and its ability to forge a Western alliance." - Journal of American History
"Alessandro Brogi's impressively researched and convincingly argued book will furnish readers with a comparative dimension from the recent past for today's varieties of anti-Americanism. Confronting America is an extraordinary work of scholarship and deserves the highest praise."--Richard Drake, University of Montana
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Throughout the Cold War, the United States encountered unexpected challenges from Italy and France, two countries with the strongest, and determinedly most anti-American, Communist Parties in Western Europe. Based primarily on new evidence from communist archives in France and Italy, as well as research archives in the United States, Alessandro Brogi's original study reveals how the United States was forced by political opposition within these two core Western countries to reassess its own anticommunist strategies, its image, and the general meaning of American liberal capitalist culture and ideology. Brogi shows that the resistance to Americanization was a critical test for the French and Italian communists' own legitimacy and existence. Their anti-Americanism was mostly dogmatic and driven by the Soviet Union, but it was also, at crucial times, subtle and ambivalent, nurturing fascination with the American culture of dissent. The staunchly anticommunist United States, Brogi argues, found a successful balance to fighting the communist threat in France and Italy by employing diplomacy and fostering instances of mild dissent in both countries. Ultimately, both the French and Italian communists failed to adapt to the forces of modernization that stemmed both from indigenous factors and from American influence.Confronting Americailluminates the political, diplomatic, economic, and cultural conflicts behind the U.S.-communist confrontation.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Based on new evidence from communist archives, this study shows how the United States was obliged to reassess its anti-communist strategies, its image & the general meaning of American liberal capitalist culture & ideology by communist political opposition during the Cold War in France & Italy.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Communists and National Rebirth in France And Italy, 1944-1946p. 13
Confronting the Communists in Government The American Response, 1944-1947p. 53
Polarized Confrontation: U.S. Aid and Propaganda versus Cominform in France and Italy, 1947-1950p. 87
Communist Peace Campaigns And American Psychological Warfare, 1948-1955p. 122
The Cultural Cold War at its Peak Mass Culture and Intellectuals, 1948-1956p. 157
Diplomatic Maneuvering Communist and American Interplay of Foreign and Domestic Policies during the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrationsp. 201
Redefining Oppression The 1960s, from Affluence to Youth Protestp. 244
Redefining Interdependence The Eurocommunism of the 1970s and the U.S. Responsep. 302
Epilogue cultural and political declinep. 347
Conclusionp. 382
Notesp. 399
Bibliographyp. 473
Indexp. 509
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