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 America illuminates the political, diplomatic, economic, and cultural conflicts behind the U.S.-communist confrontation.
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"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
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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Descrizione libro The University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0807834734
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