This article explores the emergence and consolidation of the Soviet myth, and the related myth of Stalin, within Italy's Communist culture, in the period between the upheavals of the Second World War and 1956. Countering the traditional top-down approaches, which have seen political myths as weapons in the political struggle and devices for deceiving ordinary people, it examines the Soviet myth as a narrative that encapsulated the meaning of the experiences of the Italian Communist Party rank and file, as well as its elite, in extraordinary times. Drawing on the social and cultural anthropology of Victor Turner, it examines the establishment and strength of the Soviet myth and argues that it emerged as a new marker of certainty for groups and individuals in response to the liminal conditions of political and existential uncertainty experienced during the Second World War.

The Soviet Myth and the Making of Communist Lives in Italy, 1943-56 / Forlenza, Rosario. - In: JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY. - ISSN 1461-7250. - 57:3(2022), pp. 645-668. [10.1177/00220094211068339]

The Soviet Myth and the Making of Communist Lives in Italy, 1943-56

Rosario Forlenza
2022

Abstract

This article explores the emergence and consolidation of the Soviet myth, and the related myth of Stalin, within Italy's Communist culture, in the period between the upheavals of the Second World War and 1956. Countering the traditional top-down approaches, which have seen political myths as weapons in the political struggle and devices for deceiving ordinary people, it examines the Soviet myth as a narrative that encapsulated the meaning of the experiences of the Italian Communist Party rank and file, as well as its elite, in extraordinary times. Drawing on the social and cultural anthropology of Victor Turner, it examines the establishment and strength of the Soviet myth and argues that it emerged as a new marker of certainty for groups and individuals in response to the liminal conditions of political and existential uncertainty experienced during the Second World War.
Soviet myth, Italian Communist Party, markers of certainty, liminality, Stalin, lived experiences
The Soviet Myth and the Making of Communist Lives in Italy, 1943-56 / Forlenza, Rosario. - In: JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY. - ISSN 1461-7250. - 57:3(2022), pp. 645-668. [10.1177/00220094211068339]
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