A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700

Jacqueline Sonia Broad, Karen Anne Hamnet Green

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Abstract

This ground-breaking book surveys the history of women’s political thought in Europe from the late medieval period to the early modern era. The authors examine women’s ideas about topics such as the basis of political authority, the best form of political organisation, justifications of obedience and resistance, and concepts of liberty, toleration, sociability, equality, and self-preservation. Women’s ideas concerning relations between the sexes are discussed in tandem with their broader political outlooks; and the authors demonstrate that the development of a distinctively sexual politics is reflected in women’s critiques of marriage, the double standard, and women’s exclusion from government. Women writers are also shown to be indebted to the ancient idea of political virtue, and to be acutely aware of being part of a long tradition of female political commentary. This work will be of tremendous interest to political philosophers, historians of ideas, and feminist scholars alike.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages346
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9780521888172
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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