The March of the Women: A Revisionist Analysis of the Campaign for Womens Suffrage, 1866-1914

Paperback | February 1, 2002

byMartin Pugh

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the campaign for women's suffrage to appear for over thirty years. It challenges the widely-held assumption that the Victorian suffragists underwent a decline during the 1890s, and sets out to prove that, on the contrary, they had effectively wonthe argument about votes for womenby 1900. To support this view the author demonstrates how ineffective Anti-Suffragisn was during this period; cites the impetus given to the campaign by the enfranchisement of women in New Zealand and Australia, in 1893 and 1902; and crucially examines the shifttowards suffragist support by the Conservative party in the 1890s.The March of the Women also evaluates anew the militant campaign of the Edwardian era, contrasting the sharp divisions over tactics among the London leadership with the more pragmatic approach at grass roots level. It shows how the Pankhursts and the WSPU managed to combine attacking the BritishEstablishment and its values with tapping into it for support and funds; while at the other end of the spectrum the non-militants gathered support for the cause from the working-class and the emergent Labour Party.

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the campaign for women's suffrage to appear for over thirty years. It challenges the widely-held assumption that the Victorian suffragists underwent a decline during the 1890s, and sets out to prove that, on the contrary, they had effectively wonthe argument about votes for womenby 1900. To...

Martin Pugh is a Research Professor in History at Liverpool John Moores University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250227

ISBN - 13:9780199250226

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Issues;1. The Tactical Dilemmas2. The DebateWinning the Advantage;3. Decline or Revival? Women's Suffrage in the 1890s4. The Impact of International Development on Women's Suffrage5. Conservatism: The Unexpected Ally6. Liberalism: The Unexpected Enemy7. The Failure of Anti-SuffragismEdwardian Climax;8. The Anatomy of Millitancy9. Women's Suffrage and Public Opinion10. The Revival of Non-Militant Suffragism, 1912-1914Epilogue: War and the Vote

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`A concise, fully documented, up-to-date "revisionist analysis" of the women's suffrage campaign is long overdue. Nobody is better equipped to write it than Martin Pugh, who has illuminated so many dimensions of women's history since the 1970s'TLS