Gender and Poverty in Nineteenth-Century Europe

ISBN-10: 0521629268
ISBN-13: 9780521629263
Edition: 2005
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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This is a major new history of the dramatic and enduring changes in the daily lives of poor European women and men in the nineteenth century. Rachel G. Fuchs conveys the extraordinary difficulties facing the destitute from England to Russia, paying particular attention to the texture of women's everyday lives. She shows their strength as they attempted to structure a life and set of relationships within a social order, culture, community, and the law. Within a climate of calamities, the poor relied on their own resourcefulness and community connections where the boundaries between the private and public were indistinguishable, and on a system of exchange and reciprocity to help them fashion their culture of expediencies. This accessible synthesis introduces readers to conflicting interpretations of major historic developments and evaluates those interpretations. It will be essential reading for students of women's and gender studies, urban history and social and family history.

Rachel G. Fuchs is a professor of history at Arizona State University.

The revolutionary era, 17701815
Population and poverty
Rural society and the problems of poverty
Working in the cities
Life in the cities
Charity and welfare

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