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Women in Britain Since 1900

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This woman-centered history of Britain in the 20th century traces the changing concept of femininity in different chronological time periods. Women are focused on as agents for social change, and each chapter has a section on the women's movement. A separate chapter is devoted to each of the World Wars. After reviewing women's progress over the last hundred years, the book explores the question: Have women gained equality?
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Overview

This woman-centered history of Britain in the 20th century traces the changing concept of femininity in different chronological time periods. Women are focused on as agents for social change, and each chapter has a section on the women's movement. A separate chapter is devoted to each of the World Wars. After reviewing women's progress over the last hundred years, the book explores the question: Have women gained equality?
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Draws on selected primary sources and specialist secondary texts to create a synthesis that will provide an overview of 20th- century femininity in the country as a alternative to the male- centered dominant historical discourses. The chapters are arranged chronologically to show the basic unity and coherence of the periods, and further divided thematically. The treatment is intended to be an introduction and survey, and so paints with a broad brush. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312223755
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/13/1999
  • Series: Social History in Perspective Series
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Bruley is Senior Lecturer in Historical Studies at the University of Portsmouth.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Introduction 1
1 The Bitter Cry of Outcast Women, 1900-1914 6
2 No Time to Weep: The First World War, 1914-1918 37
3 A New Femininity, 1919-1939 59
4 'We Can Do It!': The Second World War, 1939-1945 92
5 From Austerity to Prosperity and the Pill: The Post-war Years, 1945-c. 1968 117
6 Second-wave Feminism and Beyond: The Personal Is Political, c. 1969-1999 147
Conclusion: Transforming Femininity, Transforming Masculinity 178
Notes and References 182
Further Reading 207
Index 214
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