1st Edition

Women in European Culture and Society A Sourcebook

Edited By Deborah Simonton Copyright 2013
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    Women in European Culture and Society: A Sourcebook includes a range of transnational sources which encompass the history of women in Europe from the beginning of the eighteenth century right up to the present day. Including documents from across Europe, from France and Germany to Estonia, Spain and Russia, organized in a broad chronological spread, the diversity of the sources included in the book is unique – including many never translated into English before. Deborah Simonton offers detailed interpretive introductions that analyse and contextualize the sources.

    A central feature is its exploration of how women operated within gendered worlds and used their skills and abilities to shape and claim their own identities and to engage with how they contributed as practitioners to shaping European culture and society. With over 200 sources, the book allows us to ‘hear’ women’s voices as they articulate their understandings of their worlds and helps capture a sense of women’s motivations, options and choices as they understood them - allowing readers to focus on either a period or a theme and providing a comparative resource.

    Ideal for use on its own or as a companion volume to Simonton’s other major work, Women in European Culture and Society: Gender, Skill and Identity since 1700, this sourcebook is an invaluable collection offering vivid first-hand accounts of women’s lives.

    Contents  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Part 1 Rights of Man and Duties of Woman  Prelude: Women’s identity in eighteenth-century culture  Chapter 1: Intimate Worlds: self, sex and family   On Woman  Educating Girls  Transitions  1Women going it alone  Marriage Law  Husbands and Wives    Experts on childcare  Mothers and Children  Chapter 2: Community Spaces  Keeping House  Labouring Women   Artisans   Businesswomen    Midwifery    Chapter 3: Wider Worlds – Gendering the Enlightenment  Rulers    Political Culture    Intellectual Rights    Science and intellect  Travelling women    Intermezzo: The Revolutionary Era  Rights of Women    Reflections on Revolution    Part 2 Domesticity and Industrialism  Prelude: Legacy of the Enlightenment   Chapter 4: Intimate Worlds – self, sex and family  Educating Women   Bridging Two Worlds  Marriage    Singletons    Mothers and Children  Chapter 5: Community Spaces  Keeping a Good House   Rural Worlds    Urban workers    Business and Professions  Chapter 6: Shaping Wider Worlds  Political Women    Worlds of Talent    Intermezzo: La Belle Époque  Female Health  Votes for Women  Travel and Empire  Part 3 Modern Times Prelude: Carrying Linda’s Stones  Chapter 7: Intimacy and Independence  Finding their Way    Changing Values  Women’s Realities    Motherhood  Singletons  Chapter 8: The Transitional Community  Work and Identity    War Work  Women at Work  Legislation and unemployment   Chapter 9: The Wider Stage  Feminism   The Elephant in the Room   Political Activism    Global Politics  Legacies of Empire   Worlds of Creativity   Further Reading  Index



    Deborah Simonton

    'A wonderful collection, giving students access to over 200 sources by and about European women from c.1700, and highlighting the rich diversity of their experiences. Particularly valuable is the large selection of materials from countries often omitted in European sourcebooks.'

    Elizabeth Ewan, University of Guelph, Canada


    'Women in European Culture and Society since 1700: A Sourcebook is a particularly welcome collection both because it covers a lengthy period and because it is genuinely European in scope, allowing for comparisons and contrasts and providing evidence of continuity and change in women’s history. The introductory focus on historiography and method, and the chronological and thematic structure, with its overlap and echoes of voices between chapters, make this an especially useful text for teaching not only specialist areas but also European survey courses.'

    Jane McDermid, University of Southampton, UK