The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy

Outside the State?

  • Joshua Arthurs
  • Michael Ebner
  • Kate Ferris

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joshua Arthurs, Michael Ebner, Kate Ferris
    Pages 1-17
  3. Matteo Millan
    Pages 19-49
  4. Lorenzo Benadusi
    Pages 51-75
  5. Michael R. Ebner
    Pages 77-98
  6. Alessandra Gissi
    Pages 99-122
  7. Kate Ferris
    Pages 123-149
  8. Maura Hametz
    Pages 151-178
  9. Roberta Pergher
    Pages 179-204
  10. Joshua Arthurs
    Pages 205-232
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 257-265

About this book


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.


consumption empire fascism history Holocaust Italy media media studies memory modern history political science politics violence women World War II

Editors and affiliations

  • Joshua Arthurs
    • 1
  • Michael Ebner
    • 2
  • Kate Ferris
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of HistoryWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistorySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.School of HistoryUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59418-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58654-4
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