© 2001

British Women in the Nineteenth Century

  • Authors

Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)

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


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.


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About the authors

KATHRYN GLEADLE holds a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at London Guildhall University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title British Women in the Nineteenth Century
  • Authors Kathryn Gleadle
  • Series Title Social History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67629-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67630-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-3754-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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