Women’s Space in the Men’s Revolution of 1848

TitleWomen’s Space in the Men’s Revolution of 1848
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsHauch, Gabrilla
EditorDowe, Dieter, Heinz-Gerhard Haupt, Jonathan Sperber, and Dieter Langewiesche
Book TitleEurope in 1848: Revolution and Reform
Pagination639 - 682
PublisherBerghahn Books
CityNew York

The revolution of 1848 was not only a man’s business. Women tried to appropriate its revolutionary language, as well as its activities and the resultant new freedoms and rights for themselves. This contribution discusses the different ‘battles’ that women of different classes and countries fought and then evaluate whether the revolution of 1848/49 was revolutionary for women.The contemporaneity of so-called traditional and modern elements, of violent forms of social protest and the orderly founding of associations marks out the socioeconomic, the cultural and the political arena of this era and illustrates the colourful diversity of women’s lives and activities throughout the revolutionary year. In order to do justice to these heterogeneous elements, and understand the hopes, aims and interests of the women of 1848, it is necessary to carefully use gender along with other categories, such as class, religion, ethnicity, nationality and age.

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