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Response to Review of Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England

We are grateful to Dr Davis for her favourable review. She raises some issues that merit further discussion. It would, of course, as she suggests, have been desirable to have been able to take account of yet more of the experiences and opinions of unmarried mothers and their children, and to contrast their life-stories inContinue reading “Response to Review of Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England”

Response to Review no. 189

Geoffrey Foote’s review of Labour’s First Century distorts the book’s aims and misrepresents its contents. The reason is clear enough. Foote concludes his review by noting his own ‘lack of political sympathy with the book’s aims’. The self-styled Bennite champion of ‘Old Labour’ reconstructs Labour’s First Century as a defence and celebration of New Labour’sContinue reading “Response to Review no. 189”

The Prospect Before Her: a History of Women in Western Europe Volume One 1500 – 1800

The title was inspired by the birth, during the writing of this volume, of a child named after the author. A second volume will bring the survey to the present and to some glimpses of that young woman’s prospects. The prospect presented here is that of the sleepy young knitter of the 18th century picturedContinue reading “The Prospect Before Her: a History of Women in Western Europe Volume One 1500 – 1800”