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Women in European History

ISBN: 978-0-631-19145-2
320 pages
January 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book illustrates the social, cultural, legal and, political conditions that European women have faced from the Middle Ages to the present day.
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Series Editor's Preface.


1. Querelle des Femmes: A European Gender Dispute.

2. The French Revolution: The Dispute is Resumed.

3. Challenging Boundaries: A Third Gender Dispute.

4. From the Social and to the Political.

5. Between Extremes.

6. Civil, Political and Social Rights: A New Gender Debate.



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Gisela Bock is Professor of Western European History at the Free University of Berlin. She has published numerous books and articles on the history of women, including studies on gender relations in the modern welfare states, female poverty, women under National Socialism, and the European debates on gender relations.

Allison Brown has been a freelance translator of scholarly books and essays, largely in the fields of history and the social and political sciences, especially women's and cultural studies, since 1988. She has studied linguistics and German studies, and has an M.A. in translation science.

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  • Presents the ways in which the position of women has varied across time and in the different European cultures.

  • Shows how debates on gender relations have shifted with changing historical conditions.

  • Includes an account of women's movements and the emergence of historiography on women
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"Bock looks at issues such as marriage, women's roles in the French and Industrial Revolutions, the nature and definition of the family, women and the welfare state, the Nazi regime, and the women's movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book succeeds in synthesizing a substantial amount of comparative gender and cultural history over a considerable time span. And to Bock's credit, she strikes a good balance between factual information and biography... there is much food for thought" Lori Williamson, Open University <!--end-->

"Bock offers interesting insights into class, race, and gender...Her treatment of the divisive legislation is sophisticated and nuanced." Mary Kinnear, University of Manitoba - Canadian Journal of History

"... A welcome addition to ... women's history in Europe.This is a stimulating book." Reviews

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