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Author Quine, Maria Sophia.

Title Italy's social revolution : charity and welfare from liberalism to fascism / Maria Sophia Quine
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2002


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Description xv, 429 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Pt. I. The Social Mission of Nineteenth-Century Liberalism. Introduction: The Old Charitable Order and the Promise of Good Government -- 1. Reform and the Risorgimento -- 2. State and Society in Liberal Italy, 1862-1890 -- Pt. II. State Welfare in the Age of the Masses. 3. The Rise of Giolitti's 'Insurer State' -- 4. Fascism's New Deal: Social Insurance under a 'Totalitarian' State -- 5. Racial Regeneration through Welfare: The National Organization for the Protection of Motherhood and Infancy -- Pt. III. The Problem of Child Abandonment from Liberalism to Fascism. Introduction: Charity, the State, and Compassion: The Modernization of Social Values -- 6. Outcast Infants and the Liberal State -- 7. Religion, Science, and Beneficence -- 8. The Illegitimacy Campaign under Fascism -- 9. From Public Beneficence to Public Welfare: The Roman Experiment, 1927-1938 -- 10. An Italian Social Revolution?
Summary "The apparent failure of the liberal nation-building project, the structural weaknesses of the Italian state, the chronic reality of 'backwardness', the persistent gap between state and society, and the limited reach of fascist rule, are long-familiar and still important subjects of history enquiry. This book examines these grand themes in the history of modern Italy from an entirely new perspective. It is the first study of modern Italian social politics - that realm of ideas, values, and policies concerned with improvements to the welfare of the people - over the longue duree. This book begins with the premise that though they have been rather neglected by historians, social politics are just as important as high politics are to our understanding of modern Italy. Study of social questions can help us to understand more fully the crisis of liberalism and the impact of fascism."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliography (pages 366-387) and index
Subject Public welfare -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Abandoned children -- Government policy -- Italy.
Italy -- Social policy.
LC no. 2001054886
ISBN 0333632613