Marxist Historical Cultures and Social Movements during the Cold War

Case Studies from Germany, Italy and Other Western European States

  • Stefan Berger
  • Christoph Cornelissen

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stefan Berger, Christoph Cornelissen
    Pages 1-32
  3. Guido Panvini
    Pages 289-308
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 309-322

About this book


This book explores the relationship between diverse social movements and Marxist historical cultures during the second half of the twentieth century in Western Europe, with special emphasis on the Federal Republic of Germany and Italy. During the Cold War, Marxist ideas and understandings of history informed not only the traditional Communist Parties in Western Europe, but also influenced a range of new social movements that emerged in the 1970s in the wake of the 1968 student rebellions. The generation of 1968 was strongly influenced by neo-Marxist ideas that they subsequently carried into the new social movements. The volume asks how Marxist historical cultures influenced third world movements, anti-fascist movements, the peace movement and a whole host of other new social movements that signaled a new vibrancy of civil society in Western Europe from the 1970s onwards.


Activism Anti-fascism Marxist historians Left-wing historiography Germany Italy Peace movement 1968 student movement Women's movement Solidarity movement Third world Feminism Anti-imperialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Berger
    • 1
  • Christoph Cornelissen
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social MovementsRuhr University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03803-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03804-5
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