Between crises of capitalism and productivism

circulations and hybridizations in the Italian and French communism of the 1940s

This working paper analyses the use within the internal debate and public discourse of some of the principal economic paradigms that organize the communist vision of capitalism in France and Italy during the 40s. This study marks the presence of a common cultural system, where the elements of homogeneity prevail. Their economic culture is the result of the appropriation of the workers movement’s traditional demands, the process of the socialisation of Marxism and the reception and reworking of the soviet economic ideology.

The author

Massimo Asta is a postdoctoral researcher attached to the IDHE.S, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a didactic collaborator in contemporary history at the University of Sassari and a teacher at Sciences Po. He was a visiting researcher at the Sciences Po History Center and Scholar Fernand Braudel of the FMSH. His research focuses on the history of the Lefts in Western Europe, on economic expertise, on the social and political history of the second postwar period in Italy, on transnational and comparative history. His contributions have appeared, inter alia, in: Studi Storici ; Giornale di storia contemporanea ; Histoire@politique. Politique, culture, societé ; Workers of the world journal ; Annali della Fondazione Giuseppe di Vittorio.

The text

This text was written as part of a Fernand Braudel IFER incoming scholarship during his stay at IDHE.S, University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne in 2012-2013.

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