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[For the Jews on the peninsula, Italian Unification signaled the end of a regime of separation and discrimination, the definitive dismantling of the ghetto, and the completion of the emancipatory process. The attainment of complete equality of civil rights—which had begun in 1848 when Charles...
[Following the emancipation of 1848, the “woman question” was at the center of a vigorous debate among the Jewish religious and cultural elite. This debate, conducted by male voices only, found its central forum in the press. While the essential mission of women as wives and mothers was...
[In the 1870s the debate on the “woman question” continued. The voice of men was joined by that of women, and not only within the Jewish community. Criticism by an anonymous female journalist of her female coreligionists who sacrificed family and their children’s religious education on the altar...
[At the beginning of the twentieth century, the intense debate on the “woman question” continued in The Jewish Banner Il Vessillo Israelitico. Conservative opinion opposed the intellectual and economic emancipation of women in the name of Judaism. Jewish women pursued secondary and university...
[The First World War saw another change in the evolving association between Jews and Gentiles. Jewish women, predominantly from the middle class, worked alongside their sisters of other faiths to create a highly effective welfare system that benefited Jews and non-Jews while still continuing to...
[In the aftermath of emancipation, the history of Jewish men and women in Italy is essentially the history of the central role that the rising middle class played in the process of modernization. Indeed, that very process of modernization accompanied the entry of the Jewish sector into the wider...
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