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Women and the Vote


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Table of Contents

Introduction ; 1. Democracy before Democracy ; 2. The Rights of Man ; 3. Early British Radicals ; 4. Rise of the Middle Class Campaigner ; 5. New Found Rights in New Found Lands ; 6. 'In with our women' in the Western US ; 7. Out of the Doll's House in Scandinavia ; 8. Lobbyists to Militants in Britain ; 9. Victory and Disenfranchisement in the US ; 10. Who Won Votes from the War? ; 11. The Pope and the Vote - Catholic Europe ; 12. Latin American Mothers of the Nation ; 13. The Enfranchisement of the East ; 14. Africa and the Cold War ; 15. The Veiled Vote ; Conclusion ; Appendix 1: The Strange Case of Switzerland ; Appendix 2: Chronology of Women's Suffrage ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index

About the Author

Jad Adams is an independent historian specializing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of English, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and a Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research. His books include major biographies of Tony Benn, of Gandhi, and a composite biography of the Nehru dynasty. A frequent reviewer of books for national publications, he lives in London and on the Greek island of Leros.


Review from previous edition Impressive in its reach, authoritative in its meticulous research, Jad Adams's world history of women's enfranchisement takes his reader from early political and feminist stirrings in mid-19th-century Europe and America and up to the present day. * Rebecca K. Morrison, Independent *
Jad Adams account of the global history of the fight for womens suffrage tells the collective story of thousands of tenacious battlers, clamouring for a place in the seats of power. Women and the Vote is half encyclopaedia, half breathless adventure ... he argues persuasively that there were usually several reasons for the ultimate success of any given campaign, with war proving just as important as lobbying in clinching it. * Melissa Benn, New Statesman *
Everything about how women did, or didn't, get the national vote since New Zealand was first in 1893. Now I know why the state of Wyoming got there even faster, in 1869: women fought for it, of course. * Pat Thane, Book of the Year 2014, Times Higher Education *
authoritative, scholarly text * Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine *
This is global history at its most riveting. Starting in Cheyenne (Wyoming, USA) and finishing in Appenzell-Inner Rhoden (Switzerland), Jad Adams leads us through the world showing how women and their male allies fought against incredible odds to win the right to vote. Their struggles are not only inspirational; they tell us a great deal about the importance of local contexts as well as international solidarity. * Joanna Bourke, Wolfson Prize-winning author of An Intimate History of Killing *
The greatest merit of Jad Adams's 'Women and the vote: a World History' is its global perspective on the struggle for women's suffrage and the institutional response. * Il Sole 24 Hore, Andrea Castagnoli *
Adam's ambitious global survey is rendered accessible through his engaging biographical approach. * History Today, Krista Cowman *

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