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The making of modern woman : Europe 1789-1918 / Lynn Abrams.

By: Abrams, Lynn.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Longman history of European women: Publisher: Harlow : Longman, 2002Description: x, 382 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0582414105; 9780582414105.Subject(s): Women -- Europe -- History -- 19th century | Women -- Europe -- History -- 18th century | Europe -- History -- 1789-1900 | Europe -- History -- 18th century | Women | Europe | Vrouwen | 1700-1900Genre/Form: History.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Making of modern woman.DDC classification: 305.4094 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
pt. I Imagining Woman -- pt. II Private Lives, Public Worlds -- pt. III Power and Contest -- 1. tBody, Mind and Spirit --2. Learning to be a Woman -- 3. Marriage -- 4. Mothers and Children --5. Home, Kinship and Community --6. Sex and Sexuality -- 7. Working for a Living --8. Politics, Nation and Identity --9. Women's Mission to Empire -- 10. First-Wave Feminism -- 11. The Great War.
Review: "Modern woman was made between the French Revolution and the end of the First World War. In this time, the women of Europe developed new ideas about their sexuality, motherhood, the home, the politics of femininity, and their working roles. They faced challenges about what a woman should be and how she should act. From domestic ideology to women's suffrage, this book charts the contests for woman's identity in this epoch-shaping century." "Nineteenth-century woman is illuminated in all her guises - as mother, wife, lover, revolutionary, coloniser, worker and feminist. Lynn Abrams shows how individuals took on these roles - from a protesting worker in Barcelona, to campaigning nationalist in Poland, to Christian missionary in India. The author follows modern woman as she faces the 'male' century par excellence - dominated by the history of revolutions, nationalism, imperial expansion, labour protest and world war. Structured round European history's grand narrative, these key themes are re-evaluated from woman's perspective. Enriched with accounts of individual women and their experiences of war, work, love and politics, this is an accessible and engaging read which re-positions woman from her traditional role of cheerleader to central actor in European history."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-369) and index.

"Modern woman was made between the French Revolution and the end of the First World War. In this time, the women of Europe developed new ideas about their sexuality, motherhood, the home, the politics of femininity, and their working roles. They faced challenges about what a woman should be and how she should act. From domestic ideology to women's suffrage, this book charts the contests for woman's identity in this epoch-shaping century." "Nineteenth-century woman is illuminated in all her guises - as mother, wife, lover, revolutionary, coloniser, worker and feminist. Lynn Abrams shows how individuals took on these roles - from a protesting worker in Barcelona, to campaigning nationalist in Poland, to Christian missionary in India. The author follows modern woman as she faces the 'male' century par excellence - dominated by the history of revolutions, nationalism, imperial expansion, labour protest and world war. Structured round European history's grand narrative, these key themes are re-evaluated from woman's perspective. Enriched with accounts of individual women and their experiences of war, work, love and politics, this is an accessible and engaging read which re-positions woman from her traditional role of cheerleader to central actor in European history."--Jacket.

pt. I Imagining Woman -- pt. II Private Lives, Public Worlds -- pt. III Power and Contest -- 1. tBody, Mind and Spirit --2. Learning to be a Woman -- 3. Marriage -- 4. Mothers and Children --5. Home, Kinship and Community --6. Sex and Sexuality -- 7. Working for a Living --8. Politics, Nation and Identity --9. Women's Mission to Empire -- 10. First-Wave Feminism -- 11. The Great War.

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This synthesis of European women's lives through the "long 19th century" deepens understanding of their crucial role in promoting both historical continuity and change. Exceptionally valuable is Abrams's historiographical introduction, in which she describes the necessity of an alternative approach to women's history. The period is crucial: modern ideas of motherhood, sexuality, domesticity, and feminism along with enhanced civil rights and increased professional and social prerogatives for women challenged long-standing traditions and encouraged controversial public and private choices. Despite an understandable bias toward middle-class women, given the available sources, Abrams (Univ. of Glasgow) shows how all women's private and public lives were intertwined. Her description of women's experiences during economic transition, revolution, imperialism, and war deepens understanding of the texture of European civilization, indicating tensions that have defined the world ever since. Abrams's expertise in German history gives the work a comparative balance and depth not readily found in many other surveys. Although illustrations and more tables and charts would have been welcome, the ample citations and valuable list of suggested further readings make this a persuasive history. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Students of the modern era at all levels. D. R. Skopp Plattsburgh SUNY

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Lynn Abrams is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Glasgow.

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