Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution / Edition 2

Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution / Edition 2

by Olwen Hufton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802068375

ISBN-13: 9780802068378

Pub. Date: 04/14/1999

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The French masses overwhelmingly supported the Revolution in 1789. Economic hardship, hunger, and debt combined to put them solidly behind the leaders. But between the people's expectations and the politicians' interpretation of what was needed to construct a new state lay a vast chasm. Olwen H. Hufton explores the responses of two groups of working women - those

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The French masses overwhelmingly supported the Revolution in 1789. Economic hardship, hunger, and debt combined to put them solidly behind the leaders. But between the people's expectations and the politicians' interpretation of what was needed to construct a new state lay a vast chasm. Olwen H. Hufton explores the responses of two groups of working women - those in rural areas and those in Paris - to the revolution's aftermath.

Women were denied citizenship in the new state, but they were not apolitical. In Paris, collective female activity promoted a controlled economy as women struggled to secure an adequate supply of bread at a reasonable price. Rural women engaged in collective confrontation to undermine government religious policy which was destroying the networks of traditional Catholic charity.

Hufton examines the motivations of these two groups, the strategies they used to advance their respective causes, and the bitter misogyinistic legacy of the republican tradition which persisted into the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802068378
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/14/1999
Series:
Donald G. Creighton Lectures
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1Women and Politics1
Ch. 2Poverty and Charity: Revolutionary Mythology and Real Women51
Ch. 3In Search of Counter-Revolutionary Women89
Ch. 4Epilogue. The Legacy: Myth and Memory131
Notes155
Select Bibliography179
Index198

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