A new and major contribution to the field, Women in European Culture and Society is a transnational history of women in Europe from the beginning of the eighteenth century that pushes womena (TM)s history beyond national studies to create an integrated view of three hundred years of women in Europe. Using a longue durA(c)e, the book disentangles the accounts of industrialisation and bourgeois femininity which tend to dominate womena (TM)s studies, and questions the dominant narratives of history.
Drawing on womena (TM)s own writing and cultural production, it presents women as agents of change as well as exploring cultural perceptions of women and the ways in which women have been have been represented by these discourses. It explicitly engages with how women contributed as practitioners to shaping the culture and society of western Europe.
The geographical range and generational breadth of this study provides a cohesive vision of womena (TM)s lives up to the present day. Women in European Culture and Society is an invaluable and essential guide to the conditions, circumstances and understandings of how women lived throughout Europe.
'With 27 well-chosen illustrations, effective use of sub-headings to signpost the key issues in the book and a detailed grasp of primary and secondary material, this book deserves a wide audience among teachers and students. That it is so well written and structured is a bonus.' -- Richard Brown, The Historical Association
Overture Part 1: Rights of Man and Duties of Woman. Prelude: Women's Identity in Eighteenth-century Culture. Timeline. 1. Intimate Lives: Self, Sex and Family 2. Community Spaces 3. Wider Worlds: Gendering the Enlightenment Intermezzo: The Revolutionary Era. Timeline. Part 2: Domesticity and Industrialism Prelude: The Legacy of the Enlightenment. Timeline. 4. Intimate Worlds: Our Mothers' Daughters 5. Community Spaces: Labour, Leisure and Consumption 6. Shaping wider worlds Intermezzo: La Belle Epoque or Fin de Siecle? Timeline. Part 3: Modern Times Prelude: Carrying Linda's Stones. Timeline. 7. Intimacy and Independence 8. The Transitional Community 9. Women Go Public Coda: Gender, skill and Identity. Further reading