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Title: Cold-War Iconographic Battles: The Italian Communist Party and Italian Anti-Communism (1945-1956)
Authors: Mariuzzo, Andrea
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Andrea Mariuzzo, "Cold-War Iconographic Battles: The Italian Communist Party and Italian Anti-Communism (1945-1956)" in: "Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2019, pp. 157-179
Journal: Studi di Storia
Abstract: 
The negative images of communism that hostile political cultures made up in the course
of the twentieth century are essential elements to understand the making of communist
identity itself. The essay will deal with the responses of the Italian Communist Party (ICP)
to the heavy anti-communist campaigns that took place in Italy during the Cold War,
namely in the first decade after World War II. It will be mainly based on the analysis of
propaganda posters and other visual communication materials, and will be focused on
some significant cases of interchange of graphic references, symbols and narrative styles. As
long as it was becoming one of the strongest and most influential elements in the Italian
democratic arena, the ICP had to face an intensive and popular hostile discourse, spread
by both other political parties’ personnel and non-party religious and social activists, and
based on its identification with atheism, the betrayal of the nation, the threat of a new
global war, and economic inefficiency. The study will highlight to what extent the reaction
of the party’s propaganda offices to such attacks, and especially the adoption of recurrent
anti-communist themes for counter-attack, will contribute to the implementation of a
more effective and genuinely national discourse for Italian communists.
Type: Book Chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/29361
ISBN: 978-88-5511-086-0
eISBN: 978-88-5511-087-7
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:06 Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective

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