Italian Communism in the world of the Twentieth Century. Issues, sources, interpretations

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The course will treat the history of Italian Communism from an international point of view. Particular attention will be devoted to the topic of internationalism as a political culture, a symbolic system and an identity. Lessons and seminars will investigate in such perspective Communist antifascism, representations and languages of the "European civil war", the project of a mass party after World War Two, the visions of domestic and internazional Cold War, the influences of decolonization and thirdworldism, the transformations connected to Socialist humanism and Europeanism. 

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Students will have to develop a scholarly understanding of the main issues, interpretations and sources about the topic of the course.

Bibliographical references

S. Pons, I comunisti italiani e gli altri. Visioni e legami internazionali nel mondo del Novecento, Einaudi