Gender and Power in Britain, 1640-1990

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Gender and Power in Britain 1640-1990 is a new history of Britain from the early modern period to the present focusing on gender and power in political, social, cultural and economic life. Using a chronological framework, the book examines a range of topics including: the roles, responsibilities and identities of men and women as they were shaped by historical developments; the distribution of power within various gender systems; the ways that women upheld or challenged the laws, customs, beliefs and practices that constituted their various worlds; class, racial and ethnic considerations; and the role of empire in the development of British institutions and identities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415147422
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Pt. I The seventeenth century: gender and the crises of authority 1
1 Challenging authority at mid-century 5
2 Restoring authority, 1660-1715 25
Pt. II The eighteenth century: engendering virtue - politics and morality in the age of commercial capitalism 51
3 Challenges to virtue: the economic revolutions, 1690-1780 55
4 Manly dominions: war and empire, 1689-1793 77
5 Feminine encroachments: women, culture, and politics, 1740-89 101
6 Domesticating revolution, 1789-1815 126
Pt. III The nineteenth century: "the angel in the house" and her critics - virtue and politics in the age of bourgeois liberalism 151
7 The virtues of liberalism: consolidating the domestic ideal, 1815-48 155
8 "The Sex": women, work, and politics, 1825-80 179
9 Imperial manliness, colonial effeminacy: the gender of empire, 1823-73 202
10 Liberalism besieged, masculinity under fire, 1873-1911 229
Pt. IV The twentieth century: crises of conflict, crises of gender 257
11 Crises of masculinity: sex and war, 1908-18 262
12 Searching for peace: the reconstruction of gender, 1919-39 287
13 War, welfare, and postwar "consensus," 1939-63 311
14 The end of consensus: "permissiveness" and Mrs Thatcher's reaction, 1963-90 335
Index 356
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