Women activists between war and peace: Europe, 1918-1923.

TitleWomen activists between war and peace: Europe, 1918-1923.
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSharp, Ingrid, and Matthew Stibbe
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
CityLondon; New York

A must-read on the significance of the women activists at local, national and supranational settings in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. It is equally illuminating on gender relations and men's attempts to stifle or support these women. The volume achieves something rare: the co-authorship offers geographical and thematic range but not at the expense of coherence, neither within nor between chapters. The result is moving, shocking and inspiring in equal measure. * Corinna Peniston-Bird, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK * This is a remarkable and innovative approach to comparative women's history. The multi-authored essays are particularly useful in helping us to analyse women's post-war activism not only by considering the impact of internationalism versus particular national settings in a truly transnational perspective, but also by questioning paradigms of European women's history through case studies of Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary . * Birgitta Bader-Zaar, Assistant Professor for Modern History, University of Vienna, Austria * This collection of long multi-authored and multinational articles speaks to a perceived need for a closer look at what women activists of all political persuasions were up to in the turbulent years immediately following World War I. Comparative, in-depth analyses provide special insight into developments in the traumatized new nations (especially Hungary) that emerged from the former multi-ethnic empires of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Russia. The women activists discussed in this volume ranged from feminists, pacifists, and socialists to nationalists, conservative Catholics, and proto-fascists; some became journalists, other politicians. Obtaining the vote for women did not mean that women's activism was henceforth unilaterally feminist; rather, it was fragment, multi-directional, continually constrained (but also provoked in some cases) by the political turmoil and geopolitical transitions that accompanied the reorganization of a war-torn Europe. I wish I had access to these thoughtful and beautifully-documented studies twenty years ago when I was writing European Feminism, 1700-1950 (publisher's summary).

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