Turbulent Transitions: An Introduction

  • Zygmunt G. Barański
  • Robert Lumley
Part of the University of Reading European and International Studies book series


At no time in Italy’s history has the country undergone such radical changes as in the period since the end of the Second World War. These transformations have affected every level of existence, from the political to the social, and from the economic to the cultural. Certain key events and developments, transformed into easily accessible clichés, stand out in the maelstrom of change. Disseminated not just through the channels of the ever more pervasive mass media, but also by politicians, the Church, the education system, and, significantly, by intellectuals, these clichés can perhaps be said to have come to stand for the period itself. They are part and parcel of contemporary Italian culture having become an aspect both of popular memory and of academic discourse. They include the exodus from the countryside, the ‘Economic Miracle’ and its attendant icon the fiat Seicento, Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, the protest and new social movements born out of 1968, the compromesso storico and the Italian Communist Party’s electoral success of the mid Seventies, followed by its seemingly irresistible decline in recent years, terrorism and the slumped corpse of Aldo Moro, the deregulation of broadcasting, heroin needles, organised crime, P2, the sorpasso or economic boom of the 1980s, and the list could obviously go on.


Popular Culture Mass Culture Postwar Period Consumer Society Television System 
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