The Tyranny of Bodily Strength: Harriet Taylor Mill and John Stuart Mill on Domestic Violence

  • Rita ManningEmail author
Part of the Library of Public Policy and Public Administration book series (LPPP, volume 12)


John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill were very much aware of the problem of domestic violence. In the years between 1849 and 1853, they wrote a series of newspaper articles and pamphlets on domestic violence. These works are notable for their passion, insight and the way they prefigure contemporary discussions of this topic. Their thoughtful and detailed discussion is thus important not just for its historical interest, but for the light that it sheds on a complex problem that is every bit as pressing in the twenty first century as it was in the nineteenth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.San José State UniversitySan JoseUSA

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