For Church, Crown and Empire

  • Lilian Lewis Shiman
Part of the Studies in Gender History book series


When property became the basis for political representation in nineteenth-century Britain, its role in the conferment of the franchise was already being challenged by a new concept of citizenship originated in the ‘enlightenment’ of the eighteenth century: that all people born and residing within the boundaries of a state are citizens of that state, with citizenship rights and duties. The scope, privileges and obligations of citizenship were endlessly debated. In particular, were women citizens1 and should the franchise be considered a right of citizenship? Philosophically, it was difficult (though not impossible) not to answer both questions affirmatively.


Political Representation Political Work Home Rule Woman Suffrage Woman Question 
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  1. 17.
    David Thomson, England in the Nineteenth Century (Pelican, Baltimore, 1966) pp. 128–29.Google Scholar

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© Lilian Lewis Shiman 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lilian Lewis Shiman
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  1. 1.Nichols CollegeDudleyUSA

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