Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Introduction Chapter One: Between Hollywood and Moscow Politics, Culture, and Society after the Fall of Fascism Chapter Two: Bread, Love, and Political Strife Cold War Communism and the Development of Cultural Policy Chapter Three: What's Good for Fiat is Good for Italy Television, Consumerism, and Party Identity in the 1950s Chapter Four: From Elvis Presley to Ho Chi Minh Youth Culture and Cultural Conflict Between the Centre Left and the Hot Autumn Chapter Five: Crisis, Austerity, Solidarity The Question of Hegemony in the 1970s Chapter Six: Welcome to Prosperity Economic Growth and the Erosion of Left-Wing Culture Chapter Seven: The Last Tango The Collapse of Communism and the Dissolution of the PCI Conclusion Bibliography
A study of the cultural policies of the Italian communist party following the collapse of fascismand the struggle with popular consumer culture that led to its demise in 1991.
Stephen Gundle is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Italian at Royal Holloway, the University of London.
"Between Hollywood and Moscow is an outstanding work that treats the effects of modernization and the development of a mass consumer society in Italy in an original and illuminating manner. It restores a sense of the importance of culture as an integral part of political strategizing, and communicates the shifting meanings of culture over four decades of Italian history." - Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York University "Between Hollywood and Moscow makes an original contribution to the study of the PCI and post-war Italy in general from a cultural point of view, and reveals the importance of specific cultural strategies and transformations in the political history of the PCI." - John Dickie, University College, London "Between Hollywood and Moscow ... offers scintiallating insight into both the history of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and relations between ideology and mass culture in the twentieth century."--TLS, February 8, 2002 "Between Hollywood and Moscow ... offers scintillating insight into both the history of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and relations between ideology and mass culture in the twentieth century. The book surveys the PCI's interventions in the cultural sphere, high and l ow, in a carefully judged and vividly written sequence, based on a mass of research in archives, journals, newspapers and magazines." --TLS, 8 February 2002