Twentieth Century ItalyA Social History
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Following a historically chronological approach, and with a clear focus on the marked regional diversity characterising Italy, this volume analyses the impact of social, economic, cultural and political transformation on the lives of Italians. It assesses their living standards, their health and education, their working conditions and their leisure activities. The final part of the book examines contemporary Italian society in the light of the political and moral crisis of the early 1990s.
Introduction: between tradition and modernity
1. Italian society in the wake of the Risorgimento, 1860-1914
2. Social fragmentation and violence in italy, 1915-25
3. The experience of Fascism, 1925-39
4. War, civil conflict and the defeat of Fascism, 1940-50
5. Social, cultural and economic transformation in post-war Italy (1950-1980)
6. Affluence and moral crisis: Italian society in the eighties and nineties
Conclusion: Italian society at the dawn of the twenty-first century
Appendix I: chronology
Appendix II: glossary
- Examines effects of major events at the level of grass roots society, the family, the individual - provides a social history informed by political events
- Focuses on lines of continuity between current social behavioural trends and those of past 100 or so years - offers long term analysis of change
- Focuses in as much detail as possible on the way Italians lived - history from the bottom up
- Based on analysis of most recent historical research - completely up-to-date
Jonathan Dunnage is a lecturer in the Italian Department (School of European Languages)at the University of Wales, Swansea.
'The first comprehensive social history of the period to appear in English.'
'Twentieth Century Italy will undoubtedly and deservedly become the first port of call for many undergraduates studying modern Italian social history.'
Nick Carter, De Montfort University
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