Mothers of the Nation: Women, Families, and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Europe (Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy) by Patrizia Albanese
Mothers of the Nation: Women, Families, and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Europe (Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy)
Author: Patrizia Albanese
Title: Mothers of the Nation: Women, Families, and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Europe (Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy)
ISBN10: 080209015X
ISBN13: 978-0802090157
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Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 1st edition (February 18, 2006)
Language: English
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Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government

How do nationalist governments cope with gender relations? Do their policies modernize, or entrench pre-modern gender roles? In Mothers of the Nation, Patrizia Albanese addresses these questions by assessing the impact of nationalist regimes on the status of women and families in Germany, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Russia, at two different points in history: the aftermath of the First World War, which saw a rise in the number of nationalist governments in power, and the last decade of the twentieth century, which saw a revival of ethno-nationalist sentiment in these areas.

Comparing nationalist and non-nationalist polities in order to establish the degree to which these governments differ in their treatment of women and families, Albanese concludes that although most ethno-nationalist regimes intend to return women to their 'natural' place in the home as housewives and mothers, their initiatives are mostly ineffective. These reforms are vehemently opposed by women's groups or individual women, are often reversed by subsequent governments, and have little long term demographic impact. Mothers of the Nation is an important addition to the study of women in a transnational context.