A Woman in History: Eileen Power, 1889-1940 (Paperback)
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A Woman in History: Eileen Power, 1889-1940 (Paperback)

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Paperback 310 Pages / Published: 29/03/1996
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This 1996 book tells the fascinating story of the life and work of Eileen Power, a major British historian who once ranked in fame alongside Tawney, Trevelyan and Toynbee. Using letters, diaries and reminiscences, Maxine Berg recreates the life of this charismatic personality, describing, for the first time, Power's remarkable intellectual and scholarly achievements at a time when she was acting very much outside the conventional female role. Her ability, coupled with her vivid writing and pioneer radio broadcasts, made Eileen Power's unique approach to history compelling reading and listening to a whole generation. Dr Berg sets Eileen Power's historical writing in the political and cultural framework of the interwar years, and shows how this early writer of women's and medieval social history helped to create a broad, comparative economic and social history for the succeeding generations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521568524
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is a brilliant study of a remarkable woman. For those of us who knew Eileen Power it rings true as a sensitive evocation of a fascinating personality. Since Eileen Power touched the life of her generation at many points, this book also illuminates, in fresh and unexpected ways, the history of the social and intellectual life of the first half of the twentieth century. Dr Berg's writing is imbued with the same style and vitality as that of her subject.' Sir John Habakkuk, All Souls College, Oxford
'Eileen Power was one of the great figures in England in the 1920s and 1930s: a pioneer in social and economic history, a gifted teacher at a time when few women had professorships, and an experimental and daring woman. Maxine Berg, herself an outstanding economic historian, has followed in the path opened by Eileen Power. She has explored Powers' papers and publications to create a fascinating portrait of Power and her world.' Natalie Zemon Davis
' ... at once a perceptive biography and an erudite essay in historiography ... ' Martin Pugh, The Times Literary Supplement
"Readers who are interested in women in the historical profession, in the emergence of economic history as an important field of study, or in the history of higher education in the UK should find this book of value." Choice
"This is a fine biography of Eileen Power....Berg's book is extremely valuable as a model of analysis of the world of academic scholarship and it is also a lively, engrossing biography of an important figure. It should help to stimulate more research not only on Power herself, but on women academics, feminism and gender in the interwar period. Deborah Gorham, Canadian Journal of History
"With this superb biographical study of Eileen Power, Maxine Berg, herself a well-known British economic and intellectual historian, has a filled a major gap in the historiography of British economic history....Fututr studies...should use Berg's study as a model, for she has not only rescued Eileen Power's legacy but has given us the best study of a historian of the period." Gerald M. Koot, Albion
"Maxine Berg has composed a lively and readable biography of Eileen Power..." Susan Mosher Stuard, Journal of Economic History
"...graciously calling to memory the life and work of Eileen Power, Berg gives us a biography that is absorbing as social commentary..." Elaine Clark, Jrnl of Modern History
"Berg has left us with a rich biography of someone one would like to have known and wish had lived longer. Power's glamour, fun, and intellectual brilliance make for wonderful reading, and we should be grateful to Berg for providing a balanced biography." Barbara A. Hanawalt, Speculum

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