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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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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

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

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...

Women in Nazi Society

Women in Nazi Society

1st Edition

Jill Stephenson
July 04, 2014

This fascinating book examines the position of women under the Nazis. The National Socialist movement was essentially male-dominated, with a fixed conception of the role women should play in society; while man was the warrior and breadwinner, woman was to be the homemaker and childbearer. The Nazi...

Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

1st Edition

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...

The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal

The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal

1st Edition

Deborah Gorham
July 04, 2014

In Victorian England, the perception of girlhood arose not in isolation, but as one manifestation of the prevailing conception of femininity. Examining the assumptions that underlay the education and upbringing of middle-class girls, this book is also a study of the learning of gender roles in...

Women in Protest 1800-1850

Women in Protest 1800-1850

1st Edition

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...

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

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 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

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...

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

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

1st Edition

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

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...

The Ends of History: Victorians and

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

1st Edition

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 "...

Women Workers in the First World War

Women Workers in the First World War

1st Edition

Gail Braybon
July 04, 2014

Commentators writing soon after the outbreak of the First World War about the classic problems of women’s employment (low pay, lack of career structure, exclusion from "men’s jobs") frequently went on to say that the war had "changed all this", and that women’s position would never be the same...

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