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Routledge Library Editions: Women's History


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Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Women in Protest 1800-1850

Women in Protest 1800-1850

1st Edition

By Malcolm I. Thomis, Jennifer Grimmett
July 04, 2014

There is still much uncertainty about the role of nineteenth-century British women in social and political protest. As politics was a man’s world virtually all official accounts and statistics of popular protest deal only with the men involved. It is well known that women participated in food riots...

Changing Ideas about Women in the United States, 1776-1825

Changing Ideas about Women in the United States, 1776-1825

1st Edition

By Janet Wilson James
April 10, 2014

Written in 1954 and published in 1981, this fascinating study remains authoritative as an account of a body of opinion about women’s nature and role that was in vogue in America during the first half-century after independence. Combining intellectual and social history, this work was one of ...

Mrs Annie Besant A Modern Prophet

Mrs Annie Besant: A Modern Prophet

1st Edition

By Theodore Besterman
March 21, 2014

Having already published a bibliography on Annie Besant, Theodore Besterman in this book continued with the story of her life. She was a prominent British Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator who lived between 1847 and 1933.Originally published in 1934, this work is fascinating ...

Give Us Bread but Give Us Roses Working Women's Consciousness in the United States, 1890 to the First World War

Give Us Bread but Give Us Roses: Working Women's Consciousness in the United States, 1890 to the First World War

1st Edition

By Sarah Eisenstein
December 15, 2014

Rooted in the printed sources of the period, this book reconstructs the attitudes of a pioneer generation of young women to the conflicts brought about by their new experience of employment outside their homes, and to changes in work and family relationships. In the 1890s and after the still ...

Death Comes to the Maiden Sex and Execution 1431-1933

Death Comes to the Maiden: Sex and Execution 1431-1933

1st Edition

By Camille Naish
July 04, 2014

In 1791, the French femme de lettres Olympe de Gouges wrote that 'as women have the right to take their places on the scaffold, they must also have the right to take their seats in government'. This book explores the issues of female emancipation through the history of female execution, from the ...

Eighteenth-century Women An Anthology

Eighteenth-century Women: An Anthology

1st Edition

By Bridget Hill
July 04, 2014

When it was first published in 1984, this book filled an acknowledged gap in the social history of the period and made available hitherto inaccessible sources. The work draws on newspapers and journals, memoirs, diaries, courtesy books, county surveys and records, but also on the literature of the ...

Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

1st Edition

By Carol Dyhouse
July 04, 2014

Girls learn about "femininity" from childhood onwards, first through their relationships in the family, and later from their teachers and peers. Using sources which vary from diaries to Inspector’s reports, this book studies the socialization of middle- and working-class girls in late Victorian and...

Leninism, Stalinism, and the Women's Movement in Britain, 1920-1939

Leninism, Stalinism, and the Women's Movement in Britain, 1920-1939

1st Edition

By Sue Bruley
July 04, 2014

This book offers a detailed examination of the interaction between socialism and feminism through the lens of one particular socialist organisation, the Communist Party of Great Britain, from its foundation in 1920 until the outbreak of the Second World War. The study of socialism and feminism in ...

Mothers in the Fatherland Women, the Family and Nazi Politics

Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family and Nazi Politics

1st Edition

By Claudia Koonz
July 04, 2014

From extensive research, including a remarkable interview with the unrepentant chief of Hitler’s Women’s Bureau, this book traces the roles played by women – as followers, victims and resisters – in the rise of Nazism. Originally publishing in 1987, it is an important contribution to the ...

Rise Up, Women! The Militant Campaign of the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903-1914

Rise Up, Women!: The Militant Campaign of the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903-1914

1st Edition

By Andrew Rosen
July 04, 2014

The suffragette movement shattered the domestic tranquillity of Edwardian England. This book is an original and searching study of the formidable organization which led this campaign: the Women’s Social and Political Union. With the use of previously unpublished correspondence of Mrs Emmeline ...

The Ends of History Victorians and

The Ends of History: Victorians and "the Woman Question"

1st Edition

By Christina Crosby
July 04, 2014

Why were the Victorians so passionate about "History"? How did this passion relate to another Victorian obsession – the "woman question"? In a brilliant and provocative study, Christina Crosby investigates the links between the Victorians’ fascination with "history" and with the nature of "...

The Feminists Women's Emancipation Movements in Europe, America and Australasia 1840-1920

The Feminists: Women's Emancipation Movements in Europe, America and Australasia 1840-1920

1st Edition

By Richard J. Evans
July 04, 2014

Originally published in 1977, this book brings together what is known about liberal feminist and socialist movements for the emancipation of women all over the world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It deals not only with Britain and the United States but also with Australia, New ...

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