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Catholic Women’s Movements in Liberal and Fascist Italy

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Helena Dawes
    Pages 1-7
  3. Helena Dawes
    Pages 64-112
  4. Helena Dawes
    Pages 215-218
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-283

About this book


In the early 1900s the Catholic Church appealed, for the first time in its history, directly to women to reassert its religious, political and social relevance in Italian society. This book examines how the highly successful conservative Catholic women's movements that followed, and how they mobilized women against secular feminism.


fascism history women

About the authors

Helena Dawes is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests lie in Italian history, particularly women and fascism.

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