Fertile soil for Socialism or Communist threat? : the Carnation Revolution through the eyes of the French socialists
Title: Fertile soil for Socialism or Communist threat? : the Carnation Revolution through the eyes of the French socialists
Author: GRANADINO, Alan
Citation: Ricerche storiche, 2016, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 61-70
This article analyzes how the French Socialist Party (PSF) interpreted and reacted to the Carnation Revolution in Portugal between 1974 and 1975. My argument is that there were at least two different interpretations on the Revolution within the PSF, determined by different conceptions of the union of the Left (alliance between Socialists and Communists). A faction led by François Mitterrand saw the Revolution as an opportunity to test the French strategy of the union of the Left by promoting a similar alliance in Portugal, but in 1975, when the Revolution radicalized, Mitterrand’s faction rejected the pact fearing that the Portuguese Communists would seize power. CERES, another faction of the PSF, represented the other interpretative line. They saw the Revolution as an opportunity to establish a new way to Socialism respecting democratic freedoms in which the alliance between Socialists and Communists was crucial at all stages.
Special issue: Matteo ALBANESE and Annarita GORI (eds), 'Um problema difícil' : la Rivoluzione dei Garofani vista dalla sinistra europea
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