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Gender, family and sexuality: The private sphere in Italy, 1860-1945

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This lively collection of essays presents a range of innovative research on the history of the private sphere in Liberal and Fascist Italy, with a particular focus on sexuality, gender and race - all aspects which have received scarce attention in much of the existing historiography. It includes articles on foundlings and their mothers, the role of midwives, changing attitudes to sexuality, adultery trials, the Fascist persecution of homosexuals, debates about divorce and (going beyond Italy to its empire) the treatment of mixed race children and their mothers in Eritrea. Key themes of this collection include the contrasting attitudes of the Liberal and Fascist governments to the role of the state in the private sphere, the influence of the Church and the impact of new ‘scientific’ and medical approaches to maternity, sexuality and demography.




Willson, P. (2004). Gender, family and sexuality: The private sphere in Italy, 1860-1945. Gender, Family and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945 (pp. 1–198). Palgrave Macmillan.

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