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New Studies in European History: The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870 (Hardback)
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New Studies in European History: The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870 (Hardback)

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This is a revolutionary reinterpretation of the French past from the early fifteenth century to the establishment of the Third Republic, focused on public challenges and defenses of masculine hierarchy in relations between women and men. Karen Offen surveys heated exchanges around women's 'influence'; their exclusion from 'authority'; the increasing prominence of biomedical thinking and population issues; concerns about education, intellect, and the sexual politics of knowledge; and the politics of women's work. Initially, the majority of commentators were literate and influential men. However, as more and more women attained literacy, they too began to analyze their situation in print and to contest men's claims about who women were and should be, and what they should be restrained from doing, and why. As urban print culture exploded and revolutionary ideas of 'equality' fuelled women's claims for emancipation, this question resonated throughout francophone Europe and, ultimately, across the seas.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107188082
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm


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'A monumental work of historical scholarship. In every chapter, Offen demonstrates the wide variety of women's voices, the importance of their intellectual contributions, and the persistence with which women leaders agitated for change. With admirable, lucid prose, she shows that when individuals analyzed the nature and meaning of 'woman', they were also talking about other crucial things - from power and authority to biology and religion. This book makes an exceptionally important contribution to the history of women, gender, and women's emancipation (including the obstacles to it), while reorienting our understanding of French history itself.' Edward Berenson, New York University
'Offen (Stanford) offers a reinterpretation of debates over women and the proper relations of the sexes in the French past. Rather than confining her study to a traditional political chronology, the author deliberately extends her analysis through the French Revolution in order to demonstrate that no aspect of the debates on the woman question began with the Third Republic.' J. Werner, Choice
'It is difficult to convey how impressive Offen's two books are, and this summary cannot do justice to them. There is no historian better versed in the intricacies of the women question in France and the breadth of the scholarship on display is breathtaking. Offen also writes beautifully. The prose is clear and lucid, and every chapter demonstrates the depth of her knowledge' Christine Adams, H-France
'A monumental work of historical scholarship. In every chapter, Offen demonstrates the wide variety of women's voices, the importance of their intellectual contributions, and the persistence with which women leaders agitated for change. With admirable, lucid prose, she shows that when individuals analyzed the nature and meaning of 'woman', they were also talking about other crucial things - from power and authority to biology and religion. This book makes an exceptionally important contribution to the history of women, gender, and women's emancipation (including the obstacles to it), while reorienting our understanding of French history itself.' Edward Berenson, New York University
'Offen (Stanford) offers a reinterpretation of debates over women and the proper relations of the sexes in the French past. Rather than confining her study to a traditional political chronology, the author deliberately extends her analysis through the French Revolution in order to demonstrate that no aspect of the debates on the woman question began with the Third Republic.' J. Werner, Choice
`It is difficult to convey how impressive Offen's two books are, and this summary cannot do justice to them. There is no historian better versed in the intricacies of the women question in France and the breadth of the scholarship on display is breathtaking. Offen also writes beautifully. The prose is clear and lucid, and every chapter demonstrates the depth of her knowledge' Christine Adams, H-France

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