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'A glass half full'? Women’s history in the UK

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This article offers an overview of the development of women’s history in the UK over the last twenty years or so. It is noted that over this period women’s history has expanded massively, an expansion that has cut across national boundaries and drawn in scholars from other disciplines than History. Seven themes in women’s history are identified as being prominent during this time – a focus on the modern period (post 1780), a strong empirical bent, a questioning of the dominance of a separate spheres discourse, an interest in life stories and biographies, an interest in the women’s suffrage movement, a ‘religious turn’ and a ‘transnational turn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-108
Number of pages22
JournalWomen’s History Review
Issue number1
Early online date19 Feb 2017
Publication statusEarly online - 19 Feb 2017


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