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EditorAlberto Asor Rosa
Former editorsPalmiro Togliatti
CategoriesPolitical magazine
Weekly (from 1962)
FounderPalmiro Togliatti
Year founded1944
Final issueMarch 1991
Based inRome

Rinascita (meaning Rebirth) was an Italian political and cultural magazine published in Rome, Italy between 1944 and March 1991. It was one of the media outlets of Italian Communist Party (PCI).

History and profile[edit]

Rinascita was founded in 1944.[1][2] The founder was Palmiro Togliatti, the leader of the PCI.[3][4] He launched the magazine upon his return to Italy from exile in Moscow.[4] He also edited the magazine until his death in 1964.[4] Rinascita, published on a monthly basis, was headquartered in Rome.[2] It was an official organ of the PCI.[2][5][6]

Rinascita was established to serve as an ideological guide for militants and to revive the Marxist movement.[4] The magazine described the party as the one, which had the most comprehensive vision of the nation's interests.[7] It attempted to make a connection between Gramsci and Stalin.[8]

From 1962 the magazine was published weekly.[3][9] At the end of the 1980s Rinascita temporarily stopped publication due to low circulation figures.[10] It was soon relaunched, but again ceased publication in March 1991.[10] Alberto Asor Rosa was the last editor of the magazine.[10]


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  3. ^ a b Joan Barth Urban (1986). Moscow and the Italian Communist Party: From Togliatti to Berlinguer. I.B.Tauris. p. 359. ISBN 978-1-85043-027-8.
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  7. ^ Alessandro Brogi (15 July 2011). Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy. UNC Press Books. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8078-7774-6.
  8. ^ Richard Drake (30 June 2009). Apostles and Agitators: Italy's Marxist Revolutionary Tradition. Harvard University Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-674-03432-7.
  9. ^ Stephen Gundle (4 December 2000). Between Hollywood and Moscow: The Italian Communists and the Challenge of Mass Culture, 1943–1991. Duke University Press. p. 255. ISBN 0-8223-2563-2.
  10. ^ a b c Leonard Weinberg (1995). The Transformation of Italian Communism. Transaction Publishers. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-4128-4030-9.