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.
'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, UK
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. Select bibliography. Index.