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France Between the Wars: Gender and Politics Siân Reynolds

France Between the Wars: Gender and Politics

Siân Reynolds

Published November 1st 2002
ISBN : 9781134798315
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296 pages
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France Between the Wars challenges a prevailing assumption that women had little influence or power in France during the interwar period. Sian Reynolds shows how women in fact had both autonomy and authority within the political arena through theirMoreFrance Between the Wars challenges a prevailing assumption that women had little influence or power in France during the interwar period. Sian Reynolds shows how women in fact had both autonomy and authority within the political arena through their activities in social work, peace movements and strikes, and in other areas less directly linked with conventional politics. Sian Reynolds brings together two kinds of history: the political history of France between the wars as it appears in general textbooks, and the work carried out in womens history covering the same period. In doing so she creates a history in which gender contributes in new ways to historical analysis. The book is not, however, concerned exclusively with critical hariography. It is also the result of the authors and others recent empirical and archival research. As such, it is a book which will appeal to both those studying French history and womens history.