Which Socialism, Whose Detente?
West European Communism and the Czechoslovak Crisis of 1968
This study analyzes the impact of the Czechoslovak crisis of 1968–1969 on the two major communist parties in the West: the Italian and French ones. Discusses the central strategic and ideological tensions which these parties needed to deal with: domestic belonging versus allegiance to the world communist movement, doctrinal orthodoxy in a context of rapid societal changes, and the question of revolution and reform. These key problems were situated in different contexts: the crisis in the "world communist movement" after 1956 and the Sino-Soviet rift, socio-economic modernization and political radicalization in Western Europe, and the shift from Cold War to early détente on the European continent. The research for this work is based on the study of a large collection of recently released primary sources, particularly, the internal records of various communist parties in Europe.
About the Author
Maud Bracke is a lecturer in modern European history at the University of Glasgow. She obtained her PhD in 2004 from the European University Institute, Florence, and has published on the history of the European Left, 1968 and the Cold War.
"Maude Bracke has drawn extensively on formerly inaccessible materials from the PCI, PCF, and former East German archives for her book. The result is an interesting, valuable study that makes an important contribution to the scholarship on these two parties. All scholars interested in west European communism and the international communist movement during the Cold War will benefit from reading this insightful, absorbing book"—Slavic Review
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