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Women and the Limits in the French Revolution By Olwen H. Hufton

Women and the Limits in the French Revolution by Olwen H. Hufton

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Hufton examines the motivations of two groups of women during the Revolution, the strategies they used to advance their respective causes, and the bitter misogyinistic legacy of the republican tradition which persisted into the twentieth century.

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Women and the Limits in the French Revolution Summary

Women and the Limits in the French Revolution by Olwen H. Hufton

The French masses overwhelmingly supported the Revolution in 1789. Economic hardship, hunger, and debt combined to put them solidly behind the leaders. But between the people's expectations and the politicians' interpretation of what was needed to construct a new state lay a vast chasm. Olwen H. Hufton explores the responses of two groups of working women - those in rural areas and those in Paris - to the revolution's aftermath. Women were denied citizenship in the new state, but they were not apolitical. In Paris, collective female activity promoted a controlled economy as women struggled to secure an adequate supply of bread at a reasonable price. Rural women engaged in collective confrontation to undermine government religious policy which was destroying the networks of traditional Catholic charity. Hufton examines the motivations of these two groups, the strategies they used to advance their respective causes, and the bitter misogyinistic legacy of the republican tradition which persisted into the twentieth century.

About Olwen H. Hufton

Olwen H. Hufton is a professor of European History and Women's Studies at Harvard University.

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NLS9780802068378
9780802068378
0802068375
Women and the Limits in the French Revolution by Olwen H. Hufton
New
Paperback
University of Toronto Press
1999-04-14
236
N/A
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