Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution by Olwen HuftonWomen and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution by Olwen Hufton

Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution

byOlwen Hufton

Paperback | April 14, 1999

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The French masses overwhelmingly supported the Revolution in 1789. Economic hardship, hunger, and debt combined to put them solidly behind the leaders. But between the people's expectations and the politicians' interpretation of what was needed to construct a new state lay a vast chasm. Olwen H. Hufton explores the responses of two groups of working women - those in rural areas and those in Paris - to the revolution's aftermath.

Women were denied citizenship in the new state, but they were not apolitical. In Paris, collective female activity promoted a controlled economy as women struggled to secure an adequate supply of bread at a reasonable price. Rural women engaged in collective confrontation to undermine government religious policy which was destroying the networks of traditional Catholic charity.

Hufton examines the motivations of these two groups, the strategies they used to advance their respective causes, and the bitter misogyinistic legacy of the republican tradition which persisted into the twentieth century.

Olwen H. Hufton is a professor of European History and Women's Studies at Harvard University.
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Title:Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.52 × 0.52 inPublished:April 14, 1999Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802068375

ISBN - 13:9780802068378

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Though denied citizenship after the French Revolution, women were not apolitical. In Paris, collective female activity promoted a controlled economy as they struggled to secure an affordable bread supply. In the country, women gathered to undermine government religious policy that destroyed traditional Catholic charity networks. Olwen Hufton examines the motivations and strategies of these two groups as they battled the misogynist republican tradition into the next centuries.