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

Rinascita (Italian: Rebirth) was a 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] It argued that the Communist Party had the most comprehensive vision about the nation's interests.[7] The magazine attempted to develop a synthesis between Gramsci and Stalin.[8] Following the death of Stalin in 1953, Rinascita described him as a perfect Marxist.[9]

One of the frequent topics featured in Rinascita was the resistance against Fascists.[10] It also published a special issue about the resistance, and Gisella Floreanini was among the contributors to it.[10]

From 1962 the magazine was published weekly.[3][11] At the end of the 1980s Rinascita temporarily stopped publication due to the low circulation figures.[12] It was soon relaunched, but again ceased publication in March 1991.[12] Alberto Asor Rosa was the last editor of the magazine.[12]


  1. ^ Gino Moliterno, ed. (2000). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture. London; New York: Routledge. p. 409. ISBN 978-0-415-14584-8.
  2. ^ a b c Sergio J. Pacifici (Autumn 1955). "Current Italian Literary Periodicals: A Descriptive Checklist". Books Abroad. 29 (4): 409–412. doi:10.2307/40094752. JSTOR 40094752.
  3. ^ a b Joan Barth Urban (1986). Moscow and the Italian Communist Party: From Togliatti to Berlinguer. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. p. 359. ISBN 978-1-85043-027-8.
  4. ^ a b c d Alexander Höbel (November 2017). "Anniversaries of the October Revolution in the political-cultural magazine of the Italian Communist Party: Rinascita, 1957-1987". Twentieth Century Communism. 13 (13): 88–111. doi:10.3898/175864317822165086.
  5. ^ Roberto Sarti (8 June 2011). "The dissolution of the Italian Communist Party (1991)". Marxists. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  6. ^ Federico Mancini (June 1970). "The Inner World of Italian Communism". Dissident.
  7. ^ Alessandro Brogi (2011). Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy. Chapel Hill, NC: The UNC Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8078-7774-6.
  8. ^ Richard Drake (2009). Apostles and Agitators: Italy's Marxist Revolutionary Tradition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-674-03432-7.
  9. ^ Richard Drake (Spring 2010). "Terrorism and the Decline of Italian Communism". Journal of Cold War Studies. 12 (2): 110. doi:10.1162/jcws.2010.12.2.110. S2CID 57569294.
  10. ^ a b Philip Cooke (1998). The Legacy of the Italian Resistance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 62. doi:10.1057/9780230119017. ISBN 978-0-230-11901-7.
  11. ^ Stephen Gundle (2000). Between Hollywood and Moscow: The Italian Communists and the Challenge of Mass Culture, 1943–1991. Durham, NC; London: Duke University Press. p. 255. ISBN 0-8223-2563-2.
  12. ^ a b c Leonard Weinberg (1995). The Transformation of Italian Communism. New Brunswick, NJ; London: Transaction Publishers. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-4128-4030-9.

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