Women's emancipation movements in the nineteenth century : a European perspective /
edited by Sylvia Paletschek and Bianka Pietrow-Ennker.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004.
xiv, 428 p.
0804747644 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004.
0804747644 (cloth : alk. paper)
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"The contributions in this collection were originally written for a conference at Stuttgart, Germany"--Ack.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-10-01:
For readers who assume that women's movements for social and political emancipation began in the 20th century, here is a valuable reminder that women in all European countries began their struggle for equality early in the 19th century and, in some cases, even earlier. Karen Offen's vibrant theoretical essay introduces these historical overviews originating from a conference in Germany. The various movements took many different paths, but all were influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and were part of the political and social development of their nation-states. Many emerged from religious reform and pro-education groups. All the movements suffered from male backlash, especially in countries with ultra-strong gender roles, like Spain. While most reform-minded women were solidly middle class, some of the movements (notably, in Germany, with a strong Socialist Party, and in Norway) connected with their working class sisters. In fact, one of the weaknesses of the overviews is the lack of research on working class women, sexuality (birth control, etc.), and women as agents of general social change. Obviously, more research will be done, but this volume, featuring an extremely valuable bibliography, is an excellent introduction to early women's movements. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. Wishnia emerita, SUNY at Stony Brook
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Concepts and Issuesp. 3
Challenging Male Hegemony: Feminist Criticism and the Context for Women's Movements in the Age of European Revolutions and Counterrevolutions, 1789-1860p. 11
Western and Central Europe
Recovering Lost Political Cultures: British Feminisms, 1860-1900p. 33
History and Historiography of First-Wave Feminism in the Netherlands, 1860-1922p. 53
The French Feminist Movement and Republicanism, 1868-1914p. 77
The Women's Movement in Germany in an International Contextp. 102
Northern Europe
Modernity and the Norwegian Women's Movement from the 1880s to 1914: Changes and Continuitiesp. 125
Gender and Feminism in Sweden: The Fredrika Bremer Associationp. 152
East Central and Eastern Europe
The Emancipation of Women for the Benefit of the Nation: The Czech Women's Movementp. 167
Sisters or Foes: The Shifting Front Lines of the Hungarian Women's Movements, 1896-1918p. 189
The Polish Women's Movement to 1914p. 206
Feminism and Equality in an Authoritarian State: The Politics of Women's Liberation in Late Imperial Russiap. 221
Southern Europe
The Rise of the Women's Movement in Nineteenth-Century Spainp. 243
National and Gender Identity in Turn-of-the-Century Greecep. 263
Comparative Views
British and American Feminism: Personal, Intellectual, and Practical Connectionsp. 283
Women's Emancipation Movements in Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century: Conclusionsp. 301
Notesp. 337
Supplementary Bibliographyp. 411
Index of Namesp. 419
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