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By Alessandro Brogi

in the course of the chilly struggle, the USA encountered unforeseen demanding situations from Italy and France, international locations with the most powerful, and determinedly such a lot anti-American, Communist events in Western Europe. established totally on new proof from communist data in France and Italy, in addition to examine documents within the usa, Alessandro Brogi's unique examine unearths how the us was once pressured through political competition inside of those center Western nations to re-evaluate its personal anticommunist suggestions, its picture, and the final which means of yankee liberal capitalist tradition and ideology.

Brogi exhibits that the resistance to Americanization was once a severe attempt for the French and Italian communists' personal legitimacy and life. Their anti-Americanism was once normally dogmatic and pushed through the Soviet Union, however it was once additionally, at an important occasions, sophisticated and ambivalent, nurturing fascination with the yankee tradition of dissent. The staunchly anticommunist usa, Brogi argues, came upon a profitable stability to battling the communist probability in France and Italy by way of using international relations and fostering circumstances of gentle dissent in either international locations. eventually, either the French and Italian communists didn't adapt to the forces of modernization that stemmed either from indigenous elements and from American impact. Confronting America illuminates the political, diplomatic, financial, and cultural conflicts in the back of the U.S.-communist confrontation.

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