Women in Twentieth-Century Europe / Edition 1

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Overview

Women's lives changed more in the twentieth century than in any previous century. It was a period of transformation, not only of the political realm, but also of the household, family and workplace. Innovations in military technology, the mass media, manufacturing, medicine, travel and communications shaped the lives of women. Ranging widely over the whole of Europe and the entirety of the long twentieth century, this fascinating account is the first comprehensive survey of women in twentieth-century Europe.

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"[E]xplains the diversity of women's experiences across political, economic, social, and ideological divides in an evenhanded and objective fashion." —Laura J. Hilton, Muskingum University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403941930
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Series: Gender and History Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 809,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann T. Allen is Professor in the Department of History, University of Louisville.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times     1
Women and the First World War, 1914-1918     6
Women as Citizens in the Inter-war Democracies     21
Women in the Authoritarian and Totalitarian States of the Inter-war Years     42
Women in the Second World War     60
The Best of Both Worlds? Women in Western Europe in the Post-war Era, 1945-1970     79
Too Emancipated? Women in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1945-1989     97
The Personal and the Political: Women's Liberation in Western Europe, 1968-1990     115
Democracy without Women: The Post-Communist Transition, 1989-Present     132
From Equal Rights to Gender Mainstreaming: Women in the European Union, 1980-Present     150
Conclusion: Emancipation as Myth and Reality     167
Notes     171
Suggested Reading     192
Index     200
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