Bologna was the only major Italian city governed by a Communist party throughout the entire Cold War period. It therefore presents a unique case of local communism in a capitalistic country. In the 1970s, Bologna became well-known in Western countries, for successfully combining economic growth, social well-being, and grassroots political participation. Forty years after the publication of the book Das Rote Bologna
(Müller, Schmid, Jäggi 1976), this seminar will critically reconstruct the economic and social policies implemented by the Municipality of Bologna during this period, exploring the role played by the international framework and ideas provided by the Cold War.
Eloisa Betti is a Research Fellow at the Department of History and Culture of the University of Bologna, where she earned her PhD in European History in 2011. In 2015-2016 she holds an EURIAS Fellowship at the Institute for Human Science of Vienna, where she is working on her project entitled Gender and Precarious Work in a Historical Perspective: The European Context. Her main areas of specialization are labour history, gender and women’s history, urban history in 20th century Italy and Europe.