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Italian and Italian American Studies

The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy

Outside the State?

Editors: Arthurs, Joshua, Ebner, Michael, Ferris, Kate (Eds.)

  • Explores the complex ways in which ordinary people lived, worked and maneuvered within the confines of the Fascist system
  • Provides a framework for understanding the Italian experience in relation to other totalitarian dictatorships in twentieth-century Europe and beyond
  • Appeals to scholars of Italian history, social history, political history and colonialism 
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This book explores the complex ways in which people lived and worked within the confines of Benito Mussolini’s regime in Italy, variously embracing, appropriating, accommodating and avoiding the regime’s incursions into everyday life. The contributions highlight the experiences of ordinary Italians – midwives and schoolchildren, colonists and soldiers – over the course of the Fascist era, in settings ranging from the street to the farm, and from the kitchen to the police station. At the same time, this volume also provides a framework for understanding the Italian experience in relation to other totalitarian dictatorships in twentieth-century Europe and beyond.

About the authors

Joshua Arthurs is Associate Professor of History at West Virginia University, USA.

Reviews

“A most impressive collection of essays that gives us a new and deeper understanding of what life was like for ordinary people under Mussolini's repressive regime … . Addressing a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the impact of fascist violence and the regime's dictates about everyday eating habits, to fascist ideas about masculinity, the role of coercion, the priorities of fascist education, abortion under fascism, and the attitudes of fascist colonisers in Libya,  this study throws fresh light on the ways in which people adjusted to a would-be totalitarian regime which tried to invade almost all aspects of daily life. A most welcome contribution that combines an innovative theoretical approach with a series of rich empirical studies.” (Paul Corner, Centre for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, University of Siena, Italy)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Arthurs, Joshua (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Origins

    Millan, Matteo

    Pages 19-49

  • Masculinity

    Benadusi, Lorenzo

    Pages 51-75

  • Coercion

    Ebner, Michael R.

    Pages 77-98

  • Reproduction

    Gissi, Alessandra

    Pages 99-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy
Book Subtitle
Outside the State?
Editors
  • Joshua Arthurs
  • Michael Ebner
  • Kate Ferris
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58654-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58654-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59418-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 265
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