9780230602328

Feminism and Motherhood in Western Europe, 1890-1970 : The Maternal Dilemma

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230602328

  • ISBN10:

    0230602320

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Mother-child relationships in Western Europe were greatly affected by political decisions during the early 1900s, and the maternal role has been transformed over the years. To understand the dilemmas faced by women concerning motherhood and work, Allen argues that problems must be examined in terms of their demographic and political development through history.

Author Biography

Ann Taylor Allen is Professor of History, University of Louisville and the author of Feminism and Motherhood in Germany, 1800-1914. She has held grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Destiny to Dilemma: Motherhood in the Twentieth Century
Aeons of Wrong: Motherhood in Prehistory and History
From Patriarchy to Partnership: Feminism, Motherhood and the Law, 1890-1914
Employment or Endowment? The Dilemma of Motherhood, 1890-1914
The Right of the Child to Choose his Parents: Motherhood and Reproductive Responsibility in the Pre-War Era
The Value of Babies: Mothers, Children, and the State in Wartime, 1914-1918
Her Double Burden: Marriage, Motherhood, and Employment in the Inter-War Years
Conscious Motherhood: Birth Control, Eugenics and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Inter-War Years
The Right to Be Happy: Feminism and Childrearing in the Inter-War Years
From Motherhood to Sex Roles: The Post-war Era, 1945-1970
Conclusion: A Continuing Dilemma
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