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History of Women in the West, Volume V: Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century

History of Women in the West, Volume V: Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Françoise Thébaud
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

ISBN 9780674403659

Publication date: 03/01/1996

Has the worst of times for humanity—this century bloodied by wars and revolutions without precedent in history—been the best of times for women? How have the promises of freedom, parity with men, full participation in society, actually been met amid all the transformations and upheavals the twentieth century has witnessed? This fifth volume in the world-acclaimed series brings the history of women up to the present, placing it in the context of momentous events and profound social changes that have marked our time.


  • This wide-ranging anthropology on the history of women in the twentieth-century West presents material on the state, work, philosophy, war, the arts, demography, the family, and the many feminist issues that drove the women’s movement from 1900 to the present… One delights in such unexpected scholarship as that on Quebec and on bioethics; the combination of predictable expert coverage of (for example) French women and of a certain degree of unpredictability further enriches the substance, pace, and virtuosity of Thébaud’s undertaking.

    —Bonnie G. Smith, Contemporary Sociology


  • Françoise Thébaud is Lecturer at the Université Lumière Lyon.
  • Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.
  • Michelle Perrot is Professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Paris VII.

Book Details

  • 728 pages
  • 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • Series edited by Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot