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Author(s): Mihaela Ciobanu
Subject(s): Political history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Ovidius University Press
Keywords: Italian politician; Italian Communist Party; Soviet Union; Socialism; World Federation of Democratic Youth;

Summary/Abstract: In Enrico Berlinguer's political work, an important place was surely the relationship with international politics and especially with the Soviet Union. I would like to illustrate, albeit briefly, this strange relationship as a contribution to illustrating the political and cultural legacy of the Italian politician. Born in Sassari in 1922 in a powerful anti-fascist rich family, in August 1943 joined the Italian Communist Party in September 1944, moved to Rome and then to Milan, where he worked in the Youth Front, the political movement founded by Eugenio Curia. Within the Front coordinates the anti-fascist youth organizations. His political career in the Italian Communist Party began in 1946 when he entered the party leadership and less than a year later became the secretary general of CYF, the Communist Youth Federation. His first visit to Eastern Europe, as presented by Adriano Guerra, dates back to 1946, when he left for Moscow as Head of the Youth Front delegation and notes that the person who appears to build a bigger system, better in all aspects capitalist society. Young Berlinguer, like all Communists of the epoch, forgets about the "homeland of socialism," as Gramsci called him, believing that the USSR was the image of "the radiant future of mankind." However, only since 1950, Enrico Berlinguer has begun to have close ties with the Soviet Union and with Communist leaders around the world when he was appointed president of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, a 72 million- of members, based in Budapest.

  • Issue Year: 14/2018
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 131-148
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Italian