Women in Twentieth-century Italy

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This is one of the first overviews of the experience of Italian women in the twentieth century. Willson captures the complexity of women's lives in a socially, geographically and politically diverse society, highlighting the ways in which women of different social classes and regions were affected by, and helped to shape, historical change.

Author Biography

Perry Wilson is a widely-published and respected academic in the field, and keen to write this textbook as a result of a lack of suitable books with which to teach her course.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tablesp. vi
Glossaryp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Italian Women at the Dawn of the Twentieth Centuryp. 4
The 'Tower of Babel': First-Wave Feminismp. 24
On the 'Home Front': World War One and its Aftermath, 1915-20p. 43
'Exemplary Wives and Mothers': Under Fascist Dictatorshipp. 61
Doing their Duty for Nation (or Church): Mass Mobilisation during the Fascist Ventenniop. 79
War Comes to Women, 1940-45p. 96
Moving into Town: New Social and Economic Roles, 1945-67p. 112
Women's Politics in the Shadow of the Cold War, 1945-67p. 129
'Io Sono Mia': Feminism in the 'Great Cultural Revolution', 1968-80p. 149
The 'Dual Presence': More Work and Fewer Children in the Age of Materialismp. 168
Conclusionp. 186
Notesp. 190
Select Bibliographyp. 218
Indexp. 220
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