Towards "Red Prussia". Town twinning between socialcommunist municipalities and the GDR

Author/s Teresa Malice
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/87 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 37-58 File size 160 KB
DOI 10.3280/SPC2021-087004
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The focus of this contribution is the practice of twinning between Italian "red" municipal and provincial administrations and their counterparts in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) between the 1960s and 1970s. The author analyzes the diplomatic-institutional background of these relations between communist subjects on both sides of the Iron Curtain. However, particular attention is paid to the different levels of connection related to these types of twinning: the common memory and the reworking of a shared past; the challenges of the present, on the symbolic level of building transnational sociality and the more concrete one of local commerce; and, finally, the convergences on the imagination of a future city, at the service of mankind, and connoted in a socialist sense, thanks to the strengthening of territorial welfare.

Keywords: Twinning, town, Italy, GDR, communism, socialism

Teresa Malice, Verso la "Prussia rossa". I gemellaggi tra le amministrazioni socialcomuniste italiane e la DDR in "STORIA E PROBLEMI CONTEMPORANEI" 87/2021, pp 37-58, DOI: 10.3280/SPC2021-087004