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The Papers of George Lister: "Mr Human Rights"

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Between 1957 and 1961, George Lister served as the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Rome. In Rome, Lister adopted a strategy of combating Communism by trying to break the historic alliance between Italian Socialists and Communists.

When Lister began his tour of duty in Rome, Italy's Communist Party regularly received 25 percent of the vote and was the largest Communist party of any democratic country in the world. The Italian Socialist party, led by Pietro Nenni, was politically aligned with the Communists. Yet, within his party, was a group of ''autonomists'' that was beginning to distance itself from the Communists.

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View of the Italian Parliament in Rome looking from the Piazza di Montecitorio
View of the Italian Parliament in Rome looking from the Piazza di Montecitorio

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