Eurocommunism: their word or ours?

Elliott, P. and Schlesinger, P. (1980) Eurocommunism: their word or ours? In: Childs, D. (ed.) The Changing Face of Western Communism. Croom Helm: London, pp. 37-73.

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This chapter discusses that one have presented some of the main types of ideological work which have been done on the growth of communism in western Europe in recent years. The first and most important point is that the ideology has been developed in two different cultural systems, networks of meaning in the Gentian sense. Ideological elites in the west, here consisting of politicians, journalists and academics, generally build up a considerable investment in established patterns of thought. Whereas containment theories appeared mainly in international relations journals published by institutes and organisations closely involved in the development of foreign policy, fundamental anti-communism has been published in more accessible, quasi-commercial journals like commentary and encounter. The expression Euro communism, in the way that one use it, has nowadays, for people, acquired a positive, an offensive meaning; it renders the aspiration of those working for socialism in liberty.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Authors: Elliott, P., and Schlesinger, P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Croom Helm

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