‘The way we were’: everyday life in fascist Italy and lessons of Alltagsgeschichte

Joshua Arthurs*, Kate Ferris

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article shows the benefits to be drawn by applying to Fascist Italy an approach that has emerged within the German literature on Nazism within the field of Alltagsgeschichte or the history of everyday life. That approach has the potential to counter a nostalgic, rose-tinted and depoliticized view of life under Fascism, which has arisen in Italian public discourse since the crisis of anti-Fascism in the 1990s. Through a series of vignettes, the authors illustrate how ‘ordinary’ Italians encountered the Fascist state within the spaces of daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-232
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean History Quarterly
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Everyday life
  • Fascism
  • Italy

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