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Radical Sisters: Four Victorian Women

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  • UserCharles Jones, Emeritus Reader in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Studies; Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College; Director, Centre of Latin American Studies
  • ClockWednesday 22 January 2014, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseCombination Room, Wolfson College.

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Abstract: Together, the adult lives of Eliza (c.1820-1850), Caroline (1816-1889) , Matilda (1816/17-1866) and Emilie Ashurst (1826?-1893) spanned the greater part of Queen Victoria’s reign. Daughters of a wealthy Radical lawyer, the artistic and political causes they embraced cover many of the most progressive tendencies of the period, ranging from translation of the novels of George Sand to patronage of James McNeill Whistler and the unification of Italy to the women’s suffrage.

Besides the opportunity they offer to re-examine metropolitan middle-class radicalism, the careers of these four women raise the question of whether provincial non-conformist Radicals may have been over-valued in twentieth century historiography of the British labour movement as well as perennial issues about the relative importance of political parties and social movements in achieving political change.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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