This ambitious study provides a sweeping overview of the position of women in England, France, Germany, and Russia/USSR during a seminal period in world history. Comparing Russian and European women's quest for respectability, self-realization, justice, and simple survival from 1860-1939, the book illustrates their struggles to realize their dreams and their resourcefulness in coping with often dreary, hard, even horrifying lives. Deftly combining statistical data to underscore collective experiences and belles lettres to highlight the texture of individual women's lives, the book assesses the significance of gender, class, nationality, and religion. Through vivid description, this history conveys a comprehensive picture of women's social, educational, economic, and political position in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This richly researched work traces common patterns and unique experiences in women's lives, showing how they defined themselves, coped with daily life, and confronted disaster with courage and resourcefulness.
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