Women's History: Britain, 1850-1945: An Introduction, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women's History: Britain, 1850-1945

An Introduction, 1st Edition

Edited by June Purvis


352 pages

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Women's History: Britain 1850-1945 introduces the main themes and debates of feminist history during this period of change, and brings together the findings of new research.

It examines the suffrage movement, race and empire, industrialisation, the impact of war and womens literature. Specialists in their own fields have each written a chapter on a key aspect of womens lives including health, the family, education, sexuality, work and politics. Each contribution provides an overview of the main issues and debates within each area and offers suggestions for further reading.

It not only provides an invaluable introduction to every aspect of womens participation in the political, social and economic history of Britain, but also brings the reader up to date with current historical thinking on the study of womens history itself.

Table of Contents

1. From women worthies to poststructuralism? Debate and controversy in women's history in Britain June Purvis 2. Women and industrialization Pat Hudson 3. Women and the family Shani D'Cruze 4. Women and paid work Jane Humphries 5. Women and education Jane McDermid 6. Women and popular literature Penny Tinkler 7. Woman and health Barbara Harrison 8. Woman and sexuality Sheila Jeffreys; Woman and Politics June Hannam 10. Ethnicity, race and empire Clare Midgley 11. Woman and the vote Sandra Stanley Holton 12. Woman and the war in the twentieth century Penny Summerfield

About the Series

Women's and Gender History

Recent years have witnessed a variety of challenges to the legitimacy of women's history, ranging from the deconstructions of French theory to the advent of 'gender' studies with its post-feminist implications. This series aims to re-establish women's history and to continue to challenge the assumptions of much mainstream history.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General