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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Women in Twentieth-Century Italy

ISBN 9781403995179
Publication Date January 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Gender and History

This is one of the first overviews of the diverse experience of Italian women in the twentieth century. Willson explores the impact of social, political, economic, and cultural developments, highlighting the ways in which women of different social classes and regions were affected by, and helped to shape, historical change.

PERRY WILLSON is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Dundee, UK. Her previous publications include The Clockwork Factory: Women and Work in Fascist Italy (1993) and Peasant Women and Politics in Fascist Italy: the Massaie Rurali (2002).

List of Illustrations and Tables
Italian Women at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
The 'Tower of Babel': First Wave Feminism
On the 'Home Front': World War One and its Aftermath, 1915-20 
'Exemplary Wives and Mothers': Under Fascist Dictatorship
Doing their Duty for Nation (or Church): Mass Mobilisation during the Fascist Ventennio
War Comes to Women 1940-45
Moving into Town: New Social and Economic Roles 1945-67
Women's Politics in the Shadow of the Cold War 1945-67
'Io sono mia': Feminism in the 'Great Cultural Revolution' 1968-80
The 'Dual Presence': More Work and Fewer Children in the Age of Materialism
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'A wonderfully fresh and informative survey of the extraordinary changes in the lives of women in Italy in the 20th century. Vivid, perceptive, wide ranging, and a real pleasure to read.' - Christopher Duggan, University of Reading, UK
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