Women, Business, and Finance in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Rethinking Separate Spheres

By: Robert Beachy, Béatrice Craig, Alastair Owens

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Looking at women, business and finance in the nineteenth century, this book challenges our traditional understanding of "separate spheres" whereby men operated in the public world of work and women in the private realm of the domestic. Drawing on case studies throughout Europe, the authors reveal that there was much greater diversity in women's economic experience across all social strata than has previously been understood. International contributors take a new look at women's roles in finance and investment, family-owned businesses, retailing, service activities, and the artisanal trades. They reveal that elite and middle-class women often manipulated financial resources in a highly sophisticated manner. We learn about women in the accommodation business in London, female entrepreneurs in Italy, prostitutes in Germany, family businesses in Sweden, women in publishing in Spain and much more.

Title: Women, Business, and Finance in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Rethinking Separate Spheres

Author: Robert Beachy, Béatrice Craig, Alastair Owens

Categories: Women's Studies, Europe,

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan: 2005

ISBN Number: 184520185X

ISBN Number 13: 9781845201852

Binding: paperback

Book Details: 256 pages, paperback, Palgrave Macmillan

Seller ID: 20185X

Description: Looking at women, business and finance in the nineteenth century, this book challenges our traditional understanding of "separate spheres" whereby men operated in the public world of work and women in the private realm of the domestic. Drawing on case studies throughout Europe, the authors reveal that there was much greater diversity in women's economic experience across all social strata than has previously been understood. International contributors take a new look at women's roles in finance and investment, family-owned businesses, retailing, service activities, and the artisanal trades. They reveal that elite and middle-class women often manipulated financial resources in a highly sophisticated manner. We learn about women in the accommodation business in London, female entrepreneurs in Italy, prostitutes in Germany, family businesses in Sweden, women in publishing in Spain and much more.

About Author
Robert Beachy is Assistant Professor of History at Goucher College.

Beatrice Craig is Associate Professor of History at the University of Ottawa.

Alastair Owens is Lecturer in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London.

Table of Contents
Introduction--Béatrice Craig, Robert Beachy, and Alastair Owens
Women In Investment And Finance
Backbone of the Nation: Women And Investment In Nineteenth-Century Britain--Alastair Owens
The Silent Partners: Women And Investment In Nineteenth-Century Sweden--Tom Petersson
Women In Family Business
Women, Family Business And Industrialization In Northern France In The Nineteenth Century--Béatrice Craig
Sophie Henschel And The Locomotive Industry In Imperial Germany--Robert Beachy
Women In Retailing
Women In Retailing In Flanders--Valérie Piette
A Little Shop: Female Retailing In Nineteenth-Century Sweden--Thomas Ericsson
Women In Services
Dutch Women In Placement Services--Marlou Schrover
'The Business of Sex': Evaluating Prostitution In Nineteenth-Century Hamburg--Julia Brüggemann
A Respectable Business: Women, Hospitality And The Accommodation Business In Nineteenth-Century London--Alison Parkinson Kay
Women In Artisanal Trades
Self-Employed Women In Vienna--Irene Bandhauer-Schöffmann
Silent Mastery: Women Master Artisans In Barcelona--Juanjo Romero Marin
Women And Publishing In Nineteenth-Century Spain--Gloria Espigado