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The Communist Parties of Italy, France and Spain
Postwar Change and Continuity A Casebook

ISBN 9781032028880
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
398 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1981, The Communist Parties of Italy, France, and Spain presents a comparative and integrative overview of the development of three Communist parties in the postwar Europe. Through the systematic presentation of the most important documents of the Communist parties, the book provides an access to the basic declarations and positions to illustrate the strategic and ideological evolution of these three parties in the advanced industrial democracies. Eurocommunism, the editors argue cannot be usefully understood as a phenomenon which suddenly appeared and equally as rapidly disappeared, in the 1970s. Rather it is a process of adaptation and change which characterizes the development of all three parties since World War II. The explicitly comparative organisation of the documents into five basic themes -general strategy, alliances, party organization, international policy, policy toward the communist movement, allows the reader both to follow any single party in a specific policy area or to compare the parties in response to major domestic or international events of significance. Rich in archival material, this book will be an invaluable resource to scholars and researchers of European Politics, comparative politics, comparative communism and modern European history.


Table of Contents

Foreword by Stanley Hoffmann Acknowledgments Essay: Dilemmas of Change: Eurocommunism and National Parties in Postwar Perspective Part I: National Roads to Socialism Part II: Alliance Policy Part III: The Party Part IV: The International Communist Movement Part V: The Parties and the International System Appendix: Joint Declarations of the Eurocommunist Parties Bibliography of Secondary Sources Index of Documents Glossary of Terms

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