Italy’s Social Revolution

Charity and Welfare from Liberalism to Fascism

  • Maria Sophia Quine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Social Mission of Nineteenth-Century Liberalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. State Welfare in the Age of the Masses

  4. The Problem of Child Abandonment from Liberalism to Fascism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-429

About this book


The study of welfare can illuminate debate about some of the grand themes in modern Italian history - the question of the success or failure of nation-building; the question of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the state; and the question of continuity and discontinuity from liberalism to fascism. It can also deepen understanding of one of the most pressing problems confronting historians of Italian fascism - the question of the actual impact of fascist rule on Italian society. Despite this, surprisingly few scholars have done any work on this important topic. This book aims to contribute to scholarship on the social history of modern Italy by examining welfare thinking and policies from the nineteenth century to the fascist period.


fascism history revolution Risorgimento

Authors and affiliations

  • Maria Sophia Quine
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39410-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1979-3
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