1st Edition

A History of European Women's Work 1700 to the Present

By Deborah Simonton Copyright 1998
    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    The work patterns of European women from 1700 onwards fluctuate in relation to ideological, demographic, economic and familial changes. In A History of European Women's Work, Deborah Simonton draws together recent research and methodological developments to take an overview of trends in women's work across Europe from the so-called pre-industrial period to the present.
    Taking the role of gender and class in defining women's labour as a central theme, Deborah Simonton compares and contrasts the pace of change between European countries, distinguishing between Europe-wide issues and local developments.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Part 1 The Eighteenth Century, C. 1700–90; Chapter 2 Women, Household and Farm; Chapter 3 Making, Selling, Serving; Chapter 4 Location, Skill and Status; Part 2 The Nineteenth Century, C. 1790–1880; Chapter 5 Domesticity, the Invention of Housework, and Domestic Service; Chapter 6 Rural Romen—Farmhouse and Agriculture; Chapter 7 Industry, Commerce and Public Service; Chapter 8 Continuity and Change; Part 3 The Twentieth Century, C. 1880–1980; Chapter 9 Home and Work; Chapter 10 Continuities in Country and Town; Chapter 11 New Work; Chapter 12 Conclusion;


    Deborah Simonton teaches at the University of Aberdeen. Her publications include Women in Higher Education: Past, Present and future and Gendering Scottish History.

    'Her overview is a considerable achievement, which is unlikely to be surpassed for some time...this useful book will take a primary place on my student readin list.' - Labour History Review

    'This impressive book ... it should be interesting to the general reader, while being useful to students and those who need to have a good overview of the subject.' - Fawcett Library Newsletter