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Università della Svizzera italiana

A useful, delightful, and good reading : how Maria and Antonia Ponti conceived a library for women

Zonca, Elisabetta

In: Collections : A journal for museum and archives professionals, 2018, vol. 14, no. 3, p. 299–314

In the second half of 19th century, newborn Italy was invaded by innovative ideas supported by democratic, liberal, and socialist intellectuals who wanted to renew social life, economy, and moral values by spreading their ideas both in politics and in everyday life. Right-wing reaction used the same methods of communication and persuasion: the publication of journals and books and their...