Moscow and the Italian Communist Party

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Moscow and the Italian Communist Party

By Joan Barth Urban
Cornell University Press, 1986
370 pp. $14.95
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By carrying the history of Soviet-PCI relations from the 1920s to the present, Joan Barth Urban is able to demonstrate a consistency in the thinking of the PCI leadership (for four decades, that of Palmiro Togliatti) which explains the on-again, off-again estrangement from Moscow that brought relations to the breaking point in the early 1980s. This history is convincing on many points that have remained controversial or obscure; for example, on the differing courses taken by the Communist parties of France and Italy, and on the devastating effect that Moscow's conduct in Eastern Europe had on the PCI. It represents a splendid job of research, not likely to be superseded.

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