Women and the Vote: A World History (Hardback)
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Women and the Vote: A World History (Hardback)

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Hardback 528 Pages / Published: 18/09/2014
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Before 1893 no woman anywhere in the world had the vote in a national election. A hundred years later almost all countries had enfranchised women, and it was a sign of backwardness not to have done so. This is the story of how this momentous change came about. The first genuinely global history of women and the vote, it takes the story of women in politics from the earliest times to the present day, revealing startling new connections across time and national boundaries - from Europe and North America to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Muslim world post-9/11. A story of individuals as well as of wider movements, it includes the often dramatic life-stories of women's suffrage pioneers from across the world, painting vivid biographical portraits of everyone from Susan B. Anthony and the Pankhursts to hitherto lesser-known activists in China, Latin America, and Africa. It is also the first major post-feminist history of women's struggle for the vote. Controversially, Jad Adams rejects the widely accepted idea that success was primarily a result of the pressure group politics of the suffragists and their supporters. Ultimately, he argues, it was nationalism, not feminism, that was the most important factor in winning women the vote.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198706847
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 902 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The greatest merit of Jad Adams's 'Women and the vote: a World History' is its global perspective on the struggle for women's suffrage and the institutional response. * Il Sole 24 Hore, Andrea Castagnoli *
Adam's ambitious global survey is rendered accessible through his engaging biographical approach. * History Today, Krista Cowman *
* Pat Thane, Book of the Year 2014, Times Higher Education *
Impressive in its reach, authoritative in its meticulous research, Jad Adams's world history of women's enfranchisement takes his reader from early political and feminist stirrings in mid-19th-century Europe and America and up to the present day. * Rebecca K. Morrison, Independent *
Jad Adams account of the global history of the fight for womens suffrage tells the collective story of thousands of tenacious battlers, clamouring for a place in the seats of power. Women and the Vote is half encyclopaedia, half breathless adventure ... he argues persuasively that there were usually several reasons for the ultimate success of any given campaign, with war proving just as important as lobbying in clinching it. * Melissa Benn, New Statesman *
authoritative, scholarly text * Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine *
This is global history at its most riveting. Starting in Cheyenne (Wyoming, USA) and finishing in Appenzell-Inner Rhoden (Switzerland), Jad Adams leads us through the world showing how women and their male allies fought against incredible odds to win the right to vote. Their struggles are not only inspirational; they tell us a great deal about the importance of local contexts as well as international solidarity. * Joanna Bourke, Wolfson Prize-winning author of An Intimate History of Killing *

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