Italian and Italian American Studies

Women and the Great War

Femininity under Fire in Italy

Authors: Belzer, A.

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Drawing on both wartime discourse about women and the voices of individual women living at the Italian Front, Allison Belzer analyzes how women participated in the Great War and how it affected them. The Great War transformed women into purveyors and recipients of a new feminine ideal that emphasized their status as national citizens. Although Italian women did not gain the vote, they did encounter a less empowering form of female citizenship just after the war ended with Mussolini's Fascism. Because of the Great War, many women seized the opportunity to participate in a society that continued to recognize them as guardians of the nation.

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ALLISON BELZER is an Assistant Professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University, USA.

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"This excellent study offers extremely valuable insights on gender role changes in Italy between the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century up to the Fascist era. Building upon a strong theoretical framework, the study enriches the field through its inclusion of unpublished women s diaries and papers from Italian and international archives, and published diaries, journals, literary texts, and short biographies of women writers, offering new perspectives on gender role changes during war that apply to women throughout Europe. Recommended." - CHOICE


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Women and War

    Belzer, Allison Scardino

    Pages 1-12

  • Prologue: The Great War

    Belzer, Allison Scardino

    Pages 13-20

  • Becoming Italian

    Belzer, Allison Scardino

    Pages 23-44

  • The Other Army

    Belzer, Allison Scardino

    Pages 45-73

  • When the Home Front Is the War Front

    Belzer, Allison Scardino

    Pages 77-91

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women and the Great War
Book Subtitle
Femininity under Fire in Italy
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11361-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230113619
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10040-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28660-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 271
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