«A Lively Feeling of Human Brotherhood». The transition from fascism to the Republic in Italy’s primary school texts (1945-1957)

Author/s Piergiovanni Genovesi
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2021/88 Language Italian
Pages 23 P. 155-177 File size 148 KB
DOI 10.3280/SPC2021-088009
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Italy’s primary school texts in the aftermath of the Second World War and after the fascist regime are invested by a decisive desire to mark a discontinuity with the recent past and to ensure, in contrast with the belligerent slogans of fascism, «a lively feeling of human brotherhood». However, this process, in the period under examination (1945-1957) encountered various difficulties in deeply scratching the scholastic habit, showing heavy persistence, regarding imagery, words and narrative structures. A situation facilitated by the national and international political context created by the start of the Cold War.

Keywords: transitional period, primary school texts, Fascism, Italian Republic, war, peace

Piergiovanni Genovesi, «Un vivo sentimento di fraternità umana». La transizione dal fascismo alla Repubblica nei manuali elementari italiani (1945-1957) in "STORIA E PROBLEMI CONTEMPORANEI" 88/2021, pp 155-177, DOI: 10.3280/SPC2021-088009