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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 1-6
  3. Working-Class Women, 1800–1860

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 9-23
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 24-36
    4. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 37-47
  4. Middle-Class and Upper-Class Women, 1800–1860

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 51-64
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 65-78
    4. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 79-91
  5. Working-Class Women, 1860–1900

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 95-110
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 111-121
    4. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 122-136
  6. Middle-Class and Upper-Class Women, 1860–1900

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 139-153
    3. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 154-171
    4. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 172-186
  7. Conclusion

    1. Kathryn Gleadle
      Pages 187-190
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-250

About this book

Introduction

This highly original synthesis is the most comprehensive text to date on nineteenth-century British women. The book deals sensitively with women's evolving experiences of work, the family, the community and politics amongst all classes, prividing the reader with stimulating assessments of the key historiographical debates and issues. Particular emphasis is placed upon recent revisionist research, which draws attention not merely to the role of ideologies and economic circumstances in shaping women's lives, but upon women's own identities and experiences.

Kathryn Gleadle also highlights the central importance of understanding regional difference in analysing women's diverse experiences. By considering Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as England, the book explores new, and more subtle, chronologies of women's lives. This innovative text explains clearly the gendered dynamics of nineteenth-century Britain and the restrictions women faced, whilst affirming the enormous contribution women made to contemporary culture and society.

Keywords

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