Politics and Symbols: The Italian Communist Party and the Fall of Communism

Politics and Symbols: The Italian Communist Party and the Fall of Communism

by David I. Kertzer
     
 

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe collapsing, Italian Communist Party (PCI) head Achille Occhetto shocked his party in 1989 by insisting that the PCI jettison its old name and become something new. This dramatic book tells of the ensuing struggle within the PCI, which at the time was Italy's second-largest… See more details below

Overview

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe collapsing, Italian Communist Party (PCI) head Achille Occhetto shocked his party in 1989 by insisting that the PCI jettison its old name and become something new. This dramatic book tells of the ensuing struggle within the PCI, which at the time was Italy's second-largest party and the most powerful Communist party in the West. David I. Kertzer's vivid depiction of the conflict brings to life the tactics that party factions employed and the anguish of party members for whom Communism was the core of their identity. Kertzer also tells a larger story from an anthropologist's perspective: the story of the importance of symbols, myths, and rituals in modern politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300066128
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Naming Names1
Ch. 2Making Communist History16
Ch. 3Saviors and Conspirators41
Ch. 4What's in a Name?64
Ch. 5Battling over the Past to Change the Future84
Ch. 6Alternative Histories108
Ch. 7The Ritual Struggle123
Ch. 8On the Power of Symbols and the Weight of History153
Notes173
Bibliography193
Index203

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