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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

British Women in the Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9780333676295
Publication Date October 2001
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Social History in Perspective

This highly original synthesis is a clear and stimulating assessment of nineteenth-century British women. It aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key historiographical debates and issues, placing particular emphasis upon recent, revisionist research. The book highlights not merely the ideologies and economic circumstances which shaped women's lives, but highlights the sheer diversity of women's own experiences and identities. In so doing, it presents a positive but nuanced interpretation of women's roles within their own families and communities, as well as stressing women's enormous contribution to the making of contemporary British culture and society.

KATHRYN GLEADLE holds a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at London Guildhall University.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART 1: WORKING-CLASS WOMEN, 1800-1860 Work 
Politics, Community and Protest
Families, Relationships and Home Life
PART 2: MIDDLE-CLASS AND UPPER-CLASS WOMEN, 1800-1860 Work
Politics, Community and Protest
Families, Relationships and Home Life
PART 3: WORKING-CLASS WOMEN, 1860-1900 Work 
Politics, Community and Protest
Families, Relationships and Home Life
PART 4: MIDDLE-CLASS AND UPPER-CLASS WOMEN, 1860-1900 Work 
Politics, Community and Protest
Families, Relationships and Home Life
Conclusion
Notes and References
Further Reading
Index.

Reviews

...an excellent synthesis...this volume...is the best presentation of scholarship of the last 30 years.' - Choice
'A comprehensive study written in a style which is accessible to students.' - Mrs S.M. Johnson, University College Worcester
'...a well written, coherent survey...Students and faculty alike will appreciate the lively and succinct style.' - Sandra J. Peacock, Albion
'This is a succinct and neatly structured synthesis of recent research into the live of nineteenth-century British women.' - Welsh History Review
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