From «Condizione della donna» to Gender Perspective: Historical Interpretations and Assessments on the Centenary of the March on Rome

Author/s Stefania Bartoloni
Publishing Year 2024 Issue 2023/2-3 Language Italian
Pages 26 P. 52-77 File size 333 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2023-002005
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On the occasion of the centenary of the March on Rome, there have been nume-rous initiatives and research projects on the regime established by Mussolini, but little attention has been paid to what has been produced by the women’s history and gender history. The essay proposes a survey of the main paths of analysis and the results obtained by this strand of investigation, which in the course of fifty years has led to a significant advancement in historical knowledge. The gender perspective has been used to focus on the female subject: from mass mobilisation to labour activities, from policies supporting the demographic battle to those on consumption under autarchy, and the redefinition of the roles assigned to mother and father within the family. Subsequently, this avowedly inclusive approach made it possible to analyse gender relations, male and female representations in metropolitan and colonial territories, and the power dynamics and contradictions of the fascist patriarchal system, thereby returning a richer and more articulated picture of the life of Italians between the two wars.

Keywords: Women’s History, Gender History, Fascism, historiographical debate, interpretations of Fascism, centenary of the March of Rome

Stefania Bartoloni, Dalla «condizione della donna» alla prospettiva di genere: bilanci e interpretazioni nel centenario della marcia su Roma in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 2-3/2023, pp 52-77, DOI: 10.3280/MON2023-002005