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French Migrant Women as Educators in Napoleonic Northern Italy (1804–1814)

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In Napoleonic Italy important cultural policies were enacted for the Gallicization of Italian society. These policies, the influence of French culture, and the closure of female convents triggered an interesting phenomenon: many French women emigrated to Italy to become teachers in private or public lay houses of education for maidens. Some of them were called directly by the Government of the Kingdom of Italy; several others decided to settle in Milan or Bologna in search of fortune in the rapidly expanding sector of female education. This article attempts to reconstruct the migration patterns of some of these women and their families, their relationships in the community of arrival, and the reaction of the government within the framework of women’s labour migration.

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Abbreviations

ASBo:

Archivio di Stato di Bologna (National Archives of Bologna)

ASCB:

Archivio Storico Comunale di Bologna (Municipal Historical Archives of Bologna)

ASMi:

Archivio di Stato di Milano (National Archives of Milan)

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Baccini, E. (2022). French Migrant Women as Educators in Napoleonic Northern Italy (1804–1814). In: Zucca Micheletto, B. (eds) Gender and Migration in Historical Perspective. Palgrave Studies in Economic History. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99554-6_11

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