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A History of Women in the West, Volume IV: Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War

by Georges Duby (Editor), Genevieve Fraisse (Editor), Michelle Perrot (Editor), Arthur Goldhammer

Publisher: Harvard University Press
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780674403734






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Synopsis of A History of Women in the West, Volume IV: Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War

The French Revolution opened a whole new stage in the history of women, despite their conspicuous absence from the playbill. The coming century would see women's subordination to men codified in all manner of new laws and rules; and yet the period would also witness the birth of feminism, the unprecedented emergence of women as a collective force in the political arena. The fourth volume in this world-acclaimed series covers the distance between these two poles, between the French Revolution and World War I. It gives us a vibrant picture of a bourgeois century, dynamic and expansive, in which the role of woman in the home was stressed more and more, even as the economic pressures and opportunities of the industrial revolution drew her out of the house; in which woman's growing role in the family as the center of all morals and virtues pressed her into public service to fight social ills.

Jessica Mann - Literary Review

A History of Women in the West is ambitious in conception and impressive in realization.

About the Author, Georges Duby

Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.

Michelle Perrot is Professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Paris VII.

Geneviève Fraisse is Research Associate in Philosophy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Arthur Goldhammer received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

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