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Palgrave Macmillan

Women in Twentieth-Century Europe

ISBN 9781403941923
Publication Date December 2007
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Gender and History

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 the household, family and workplace. Ranging widely over Europe, this fascinating account is one of the first comprehensive surveys of its kind.

ANN T. ALLEN is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Louisville, USA. She is a distinguished scholar and experienced teacher and has published widely on women's history, German history and European history.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Best of Times. the Worst of Times
Women and the First World War
Women as Citizens in the Inter-War Democracies
Women in the Authoritarian and Totalitarian States of the Inter-War Years
Women in the Second World War
The Best of Both Worlds? Women in Western Europe in the Post-War Era, 1945-1970
Too Emancipated? Women in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1945-1989
The Personal and the Political: Women's Liberation in Western Europe, 1968-1990
Democracy Without Women: Eastern Europe after Communism
From Equal Rights to Gender Mainstreaming: Women in the European Union, 1980-Present
Conclusion: Emancipation: Myth and Reality
Notes
Suggested Reading
Index

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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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