Feminism And Motherhood In Western Europe, 1890-1970: The Maternal Dilemma

Paperback | June 15, 2007

byAnn Taylor Allen

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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.

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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 de...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.12 inPublished:June 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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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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"To read this book is truly to experience an 'Ah ha! moment'."--Karen Offen, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Stanford University "Grounded in thorough knowledge of multiple national histories, feminist movements, and intellectual trends, this book is filled with important information and interesting tales that show how women have faced and sought to resolve conflicts between their responsibilities as mothers and as rights-bearing individuals."--Marilyn J. Boxer, Professor of History Emerita, San Francisco State University “This book is an ambitious, deeply researched, comparative history of how feminists have addressed the ‘maternal dilemma’. The ‘maternal dilemma’ for Ann Taylor Allen comprises the question: ‘Is it possible to be both a mother and an autonomous individual?’ This book is exciting and new because of its wide-ranging sources and broad, comparative focus, which includes England, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and elsewhere. This is a western European history in the fullest sense and it indicates an impressive command of many histories and historiographical questions.”—European History Quarterly