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Women and political insurgency : France in the mid-nineteenth century /
David Barry.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
xii, 213 p. : ill.
0312129475 (cloth)
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
0312129475 (cloth)
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
Barry's study is unique in its focus on women's protests and participation in the rebellions and insurrections of mid-19th-century France. His systematic analysis of police and court records provides the basis for a profile of women participants, the nature of their actions, and an assessment of their motives and goals. Barry concludes that women were crucial in mobilizing neighborhoods. Although often in accessory or support roles, women could be assertive and set their own agendas; their actions derived "from women's gender role and their exclusion ... from political and civil rights." More interesting are Barry's discussions of an evolving political consciousness, especially after 1860, of popular responses, both pro and con, to women's insurgency, and of the shifting connections between this insurgency and 19th-century French feminism. The author attempts to place women and insurrection in the wider context of revolutionary activity in France from 1789 to 1871, but readers need background in that history to understand the connections. Most suitable for specialists in modern French and women's history. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. J. Slaughter University of New Mexico
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Table of Contents
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List of Figures
The Legacy of the 1789 Revolution: Defining the Issuesp. 1
The Revolution of 1830 and the July Monarchy: the Heroines of Libertyp. 23
The February Revolution of 1848 and its Aftermath: the Call for the 'Democratic and Social Republic'p. 35
Defending Livelihoods and Neighbourhoods: the June Days of 1848p. 47
The Red Republican Interlude, 1849-51p. 77
The Rebellion of December 1851: the Death Throes of the Red Republican Causep. 85
The Commune of 1871: the Great Venture in Female Citizenshipp. 105
Conclusionp. 155
Abbreviations used in the Notes and Bibliographyp. 164
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 204
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