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Women and Gender in Postwar Europe : From Cold War to European Union

By: Regulska, Joanna.
Contributor(s): Smith, Bonnie G.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012Description: 1 online resource (255 p.).ISBN: 9780203126233.Subject(s): Europe -- Social conditions -- 20th century | European Union countries -- Social conditions | Feminism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Women -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women and Gender in Postwar Europe : From Cold War to European UnionDDC classification: 305.4209409/04 | 305.420940904 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Front Cover; Women and Gender in Postwar Europe; Copyright Page; Contents; Notes on contributors; Preface; Introduction: Historical overview: Bonnie G. Smith; 1. Battling for peace: The transformation of the women's movement in Cold War Czechoslovakia and eastern Europe: Melissa Feinberg ; 2. "Democracy could go no further": Europe and women in theearly United Nations: Jan Lambertz; 3. Women and social work in central and eastern Europe: Darja Zaviršek; 4. Psychoanalysts on the radio: Domestic citizenship and motherhood in postwar Britain: Michal Shapira
5. Women as the "motor of modern life": Women's work in Europe west and east since : Francisca de Haan 6. "What's new" and is it good for you? Gender and consumerism in postwar Europe: M. Jane Slaughter ; 7. Happy motherhood and lesbian spaces: Women's initiative and the sexual mores of postwar Europe: Cynthia Kreisel ; 8. Political participation, civil society, and gender: Lessons from the Cold War?: Belinda Davis ; 9. Gender, race, and utopias of development: Young-Sun Hong; 10. Gender and reframing of World War I in Serbia during the 1980s and 1990s: Melissa Bokovoy
11. Post-Soviet masculinities, shame, and the archives of social suffering in contemporary Lithuania: Arturas Tereskinas12. Post-1989 women's activism in Poland: Joanna Regulska and Magdalena Grabowska; Conclusion: Joanna Regulska; Index
Summary: Women and Gender in Postwar Europe charts the experiences of women across Europe from 1945 to the present day. Europe at the end of World War II was a sorry testimony to the human condition; awash in corpses, the infrastructure devastated, food and fuel in such short supply. From Soviet Union to the United Kingdom and Ireland the vast majority of citizens on whom survival depended, in the postwar years, were women. This book charts the involvement of women in postwar reconstruction through the Cold War and post Cold-War years with chapters on the economic, social, and political dynamism that characterized Europe from the 1950s onwards, and goes on to look at the woman's place in a rebuilt Europe that was both more prosperous and as tension-filled as before. This will be an essential resource for students of women and gender studies and for post 1945 courses.
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Front Cover; Women and Gender in Postwar Europe; Copyright Page; Contents; Notes on contributors; Preface; Introduction: Historical overview: Bonnie G. Smith; 1. Battling for peace: The transformation of the women's movement in Cold War Czechoslovakia and eastern Europe: Melissa Feinberg ; 2. "Democracy could go no further": Europe and women in theearly United Nations: Jan Lambertz; 3. Women and social work in central and eastern Europe: Darja Zaviršek; 4. Psychoanalysts on the radio: Domestic citizenship and motherhood in postwar Britain: Michal Shapira

5. Women as the "motor of modern life": Women's work in Europe west and east since : Francisca de Haan 6. "What's new" and is it good for you? Gender and consumerism in postwar Europe: M. Jane Slaughter ; 7. Happy motherhood and lesbian spaces: Women's initiative and the sexual mores of postwar Europe: Cynthia Kreisel ; 8. Political participation, civil society, and gender: Lessons from the Cold War?: Belinda Davis ; 9. Gender, race, and utopias of development: Young-Sun Hong; 10. Gender and reframing of World War I in Serbia during the 1980s and 1990s: Melissa Bokovoy

11. Post-Soviet masculinities, shame, and the archives of social suffering in contemporary Lithuania: Arturas Tereskinas12. Post-1989 women's activism in Poland: Joanna Regulska and Magdalena Grabowska; Conclusion: Joanna Regulska; Index

Women and Gender in Postwar Europe charts the experiences of women across Europe from 1945 to the present day. Europe at the end of World War II was a sorry testimony to the human condition; awash in corpses, the infrastructure devastated, food and fuel in such short supply. From Soviet Union to the United Kingdom and Ireland the vast majority of citizens on whom survival depended, in the postwar years, were women. This book charts the involvement of women in postwar reconstruction through the Cold War and post Cold-War years with chapters on the economic, social, and political dynamism that characterized Europe from the 1950s onwards, and goes on to look at the woman's place in a rebuilt Europe that was both more prosperous and as tension-filled as before. This will be an essential resource for students of women and gender studies and for post 1945 courses.

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CHOICE Review

In bringing together the range of essays collected here, editors Regulska and Smith have made an important contribution to the study of postwar European history. The collection's strength is certainly the breadth of its coverage. The volume is geographically diverse, featuring essays from across the continent (Serbia to the UK, Lithuania to France), and thematically wide-ranging. Essays analyze women's political activism, definitions of femininity and masculinity, the role of women's work in postwar economic recovery, the relationship of gender and consumerism, birth control, lesbianism and sexual liberation, conceptions of motherhood, women as postcolonial immigrants to Europe, challenges faced by the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, the development of the profession of social work, and problems of gender and historical memory. The essays work very well together, allowing readers to make transnational comparisons, see changes over time, and begin to grasp the myriad effects of international geopolitics on women's daily lives. This book would serve very well for collections on contemporary Europe or European women's history. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. E. Cline Johnson State College

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<p>Joanna Regulska is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Geography and the Dean of International Programs, School for Arts and Sciences at Rutgers. Her publications include Women and Citizenship in Central and East Europe with Jasmina Lukic and Darja Zavirsek, (2006) and Cooperation or Conflict: State, the European Union and Women with M. Grabowska, M. Fuszara and J. Mizielinska (2008).</p> <p>Bonnie G. Smith is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her publications indclude The Gender of History: Men, Women and Historical Practice (1998); Imperialism (2000); Europe in the Contemporary World (2005); and co-author of The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (1994, 2001, 2005, 2009) and of Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World (forthcoming, 2011). She has edited Global Feminisms since 1945 (2000) and Women's and Gender History in Global Perspective (3 vols., 2004-5).</p>

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