Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy - The New Cold War History (Hardback)
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Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy - The New Cold War History (Hardback)

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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. |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.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807834732
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 920 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 40 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Impressive. . . . A significant contribution to the historiography of the Cold War, and illustrates the possibilities of multi-archival research for U.S. foreign relations and international history.--Cercles


One would be hard pressed to find a more suitable candidate than Alessandro Brogi to write a comparative account of the Cold War relationship(s) between France, Italy, and the United States. . . . [A] testimony to the fact that work in Western archives continues to bear rich fruit.--Kaeten Mistry, University of East Anglia, H-Diplo Roundtable


Critically important. . . . Brogi has told us a unique and fascinating story and illuminated an otherwise unexplored yet critical aspect of the Cold War.--Irwin Wall, University of California, Riverside, H-Diplo Roundtable


Brogi masterfully examines US efforts to counter influence of the French and Italian communist parties throughout the Cold War.--Choice


Confronting America adds significantly to our understanding of Washington's successful post-World War II policies in Western Europe and its ability to forge a Western alliance.--David F. Schmitz, Journal of American History


An extremely rich survey of forty years of transatlantic relations, trespassing the limits of the Cold War and delving into cultural history, theories of modernization, patterns of Americanization and much more. . . . Insightful and very useful.--Leopoldo Nuti, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, H-Diplo Roundtable


Particularly valuable. . . . Exhaustive, thoroughly researched, and reflective.--Charles Cogan, Harvard University, H-Diplo Roundtable

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