Peasant Women and Politics in Facist Italy
The Massaie Rurali
By (author) Perry R. Willson
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Peasant Women and Politics in Facist Italy by Perry R. Willson
Book DescriptionPeasant women were the largest female occupational group in Italy between the wars. They led lives characterised by great poverty and heavy workloads, but Fascist propaganda extolled them as the mothers of the nation and the guardians of the rural worlds, the most praiseworthy of Italian women. This study is the first published history of the Massaie Rurali, the Fascist Party's section for peasant women, which, with three million members by 1943, became one of the largest of the regime's mass mobilizing organizations. The section played a key role in such core fascist campaigns as nation-building and ruralization. Perry Willson draws on a wide range of archival and contemporary press sources to investigate the nature of the Massaie Rurali and the dynamics of class and gender that lay at its heart. She explores the organization's political message, its propaganda and the reasons why so many women joined it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415291712
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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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.
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