Italy in the International System from Détente to the End of the Cold War

The Underrated Ally

  • Antonio Varsori
  • Benedetto Zaccaria

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Antonio Varsori
    Pages 1-12
  3. The Political and Diplomatic Dimensions of Italy’s Foreign Policy

  4. Foreign Policy Goals and Economic Ambitions

  5. New Approaches to the International System and the Influence of Parties’ Political Cultures

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-309

About this book


This edited collection offers a new approach to the study of Italy’s foreign policy from the 1960s to the end of the Cold War, highlighting its complex and sometimes ambiguous goals, due to the intricacies of its internal system and delicate position in the fault line of the East-West and North-South divides. According to received opinion, during the Cold War era Italy was more an object rather than a factor in active foreign policy, limiting itself to paying lip service to the Western alliance and the European integration process, without any pretension to exerting a substantial international influence. Eleven contributions by leading Italian historians reappraise Italy’s international role, addressing three complex and intertwined issues, namely, the country’s political-diplomatic dimension; the economic factors affecting Rome’s international stance; and Italy’s role in new approaches to the international system and the influence of political parties’ cultures in the nation’s foreign policy.


European Security Diplomacy Italian Foreign Policy Post War Conflict Espionage Cold War G7 Foreign Monetary Cooperation Transatlantic Energy Relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Varsori
    • 1
  • Benedetto Zaccaria
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze PoliticheUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65162-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65163-7
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