The French Communist Party in the 1950s: Between National Tradition and Counter-Culture

  • Jeannine Verdès-Leroux
Part of the Warwick Studies in the European Humanities book series (WSEH)


In the confusing and teeming situation of the postwar years, the PCF was the only political institution, especially after 1947, to put into practice a strategy in the cultural field and to try to bring about new producers and new beneficiaries of that culture. These new creators were to rise from the working class; they would speak of the working class and, naturally, it was that working class and its struggles that their works were to serve. For therein lay the definition and the raison d’être of the new culture: to serve the people. It would probably be more appropriate to present this ambitious and untenable project in a different order: the one that the leadership adopted in order to justify it.


Communist Party Creative Artist National Tradition Communist Leadership Bourgeois Revolution 
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© Brian Rigby and Nicholas Hewitt 1991

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