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Mutilati ed Invalidi di Guerra: una storia politica: il caso modenese
Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, History.
2011 (Italian)Book (Refereed)Alternative title
Disabled Ex-Service Men : A Political History: The Modena Case (English)
Abstract [en]

After World War I, millions of men went back from the war front promised of land, work and social justice, but their expectations were unfulfilled by the governments of European countries. In this context, the political landscape was enriched of new ideas,  and several  new  parties, movements  and associations born across Europe. In Italy, ANMIG (Disabled Ex-Servicemen National Association)  was founded in 1917 by  disabled  ex-­officers; supported  by  the  state,  its  scope  was  to  establish  employment,  recovery  services  and  legalassistance to disabled ex­servicemen. In November 1918,  counting on  hundreds  of thousands ofmembers,  ANMIG spread  the  Manifesto  to  the  Country  (Manifesto  al  Paese)  that  contained  political, social and economic program of renewal for the whole country, based on the keywords of work, education  and  peace: it represented  the first  definition of the  combattentismo  movement. Since then, political parties understood the potential of the veterans, and started to engage themselves in a quest for hegemony over them. Having become a mere instrument of propaganda under fascism, ANMIG regained its authonomy in democratic Italy, and since then it aims at supporting its members and in taking part in several activities sponsored by itself and by other associations of civil society. This book analyses the birth and life of the ANMIG section based in the city of Modena, focusing on i) ANMIG quest for hegemony in the field of combattentismo; ii) ANMIG as instrument of fascist propaganda; iii) ANMIG vision and activities in democratic Italy.

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Milan: Edizioni Unicopli, 2011. , 222 p.
Keyword [en]
fascism, combattentismo, ex-service disabled men, interwar, Italy, World War I, World War II, Italian Republic, Resistance, Antifascism
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Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21014ISBN: 9788840015415 (print)OAI: diva2:683671
Available from: 2014-01-06 Created: 2014-01-06 Last updated: 2015-01-19Bibliographically approved

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