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Il rapporto con la socialdemocrazia tedesca nella politica internazionale del Pci di Luigi Longo (1967-1969)

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  • The article provides an account of the much-disputed episode of the dialogue between the Italian Communist Party (Pci) and the German Social Democratic Party (Spd) on the eve of the Ostpolitik. Basing on multi-archival research
  • the author provides evidences that the collaboration originated from an Italian initiative
  • and was linked to a broader reassessment of Pciâ€
  • s international outlook. Spdâ€
  • s reasons of interest (related to the development of the Ostpolitik) are also considered
  • as well as East Germanâ€
  • s critical standpoint. While its importance for the establishment of the Ostpolitik should not be overrated
  • the episode is revealing of Pciâ€
  • s views on Cold War
  • détente and the role of West European Left during crucial years of change for the European order. New elements that distanced the Italians from Soviet perspectives and from allegiance to a cracked international communist movement were intertwined with substantial flaws in the understanding of the international situation and the setting up of the Partyâ€
  • s strategy
  • which were to influence Pciâ€
  • s fortunes also in the following decades. It was also due to these strategic stalemates that the collaboration with Spd
  • after assuming a considerable relevance for two years
  • eventually lost momentum in a changed international context


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