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Confronting AmericaThe Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy$
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Alessandro Brogi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834732

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877746_brogi

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Epilogue Cultural and Political Decline

Epilogue Cultural and Political Decline

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(p.347) Epilogue Cultural and Political Decline
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Confronting America
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Alessandro Brogi

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877746_brogi.14

This chapter shows how the radicalism and optimism of the 1960s gave way to anxiety. Most radicals, it has been widely recognized, “abandoned ‘the Revolution’ and worried instead about their job prospects.” This retrenchment did not necessarily mean a loss for the Communists, who still profited from the general social and economic “malaise” of the 1970s. At the peak of the Eurocommunist experiment in 1977, Henry Kissinger reflected that “the spread of Marxism” in Western Europe “[could] be one of the profound problems of the modern period, namely the alienation of the population from the modern industrial state, that in the modern industrial state no matter how it is governed the people feel that they have no influence over the real decisions, and if you couple that with certain left wing traditions in Italy and France you can see why it spreads.”

Keywords:   radicalism, optimism, radicals, Revolution, Communists, Eurocommunist experiment

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