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Women Activists between War and Peace

Women Activists between War and Peace: Europe, 1918–1923

by Ingrid Sharp

Ingrid Sharp is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Leeds, UK. She is the editor of Aftermaths of War (co-edited with Matthew Stibbe, 2011) and The Women's Movement in Wartime (co-edited with Alison Fell, 2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Matthew Stibbe

Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has authored several books and edited several volumes of essays on twentieth-century European themes, including Aftermaths of War (co-edited with Ingrid Sharp, 2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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    978-1-4725-7878-5 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-7879-2 (epdf)

    978-1-4725-7880-8 (epub)

    978-1-4742-0589-4 (online)
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    First edition
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Women Activists between War and Peace employs a comparative approach in exploring women's political and social activism across the European continent in the years that followed the First World War. It brings together leading scholars in the field to discuss the contribution of women's movements in, and individual female activists from, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Russia and the United States.

The book contains an introduction that helpfully outlines key concepts and broader, European-wide issues and concerns, such as peace, democracy and the role of the national and international in constructing the new, post-war political order. It then proceeds to examine the nature of women's activism through the prism of five pivotal topics:

Suffrage and nationalism

Pacifism and internationalism

Revolution and socialism

Journalism and print media

War and the body

A timeline and illustrations are also included in the book, along with a useful guide to further reading. This is a vitally important text for all students of women's history, twentieth-century Europe and the legacy of the First World War.