The Lives of Scottish Women: Women and Scottish Society, 1800--1980

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Overview

This book tells the stories of ten women whose inspirational lives and struggles exemplify the concerns and problems that other women have faced throughout the last two centuries. Each is the subject of a chapter devoted to her particular story and the times in which she lived. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries witnessed great changes in women's position in Scotland, and yet little is known about the achievements of the Scottish women who were the main agents of these changes. In presenting the life stories of ten women, William Knox provides evidence of the huge contribution made by women to the shaping of modern Scotland. At the same time he shows how the life histories of individuals can reveal previously dark corners of historical understanding and allow a more nuanced picture of Scottish society as a whole. His subjects include Jane Welsh Carlyle, brilliantly gifted, but married to the wayward and demanding Thomas, Sophia Jex-Blake, Scotland's first female doctor, and Mary Slessor, the 'White Queen' missionary. Individually their biographies are full of drama and interest. Collectively they say about much the range of women's economic, social and political experience in the past two hundred years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748617883
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Knox is Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of St Andrews

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Table of Contents

1 Jane Welsh Carlyle : living with genius (1)
2 Eliza Wigham : religion, radicalism and the origins of the women's movement in 19th century Scotland
3 Madeleine Smith : sex and the single girl in Victorian Scotland
4 Sophia Jex-Blake : women and higher education in 19th century Scotland
5 Lady Frances Balfour : the radical aristocrat
6 Mary Mitchell Slessor : serving God and country
7 Elsie Maud Inglis : Scotland's Joan of Arc?
8 Katherine, Duchess of Atholl : the Red Duchess?
9 Willa Muir : living with genius (2)
10 Mary Brooksbank : work, poverty and politics in 20th century Scotland
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