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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Discourses of Disappointment: The Betrayal of Women's Emancipation Following the French and Russian Revolutions
Author:   Crystal Denise Helton
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   History, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Montserrat M. Miller
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   04/07/2003

Questions relating to gender are worth pursuing in order to more accurately discern the impact of the French and Russian Revolutions on society more broadly as opposed to just political leaders, well-known historical figures, or those predominately male citizens that comprised the upper echelons of their respective movements. A careful analysis of secondary sources, or the historiography on women’s place within the French and Russian Revolutions, reveals that, in spite of their use of egalitarian rhetoric, the revolutionary governments in France and Russia continued to view women based upon conventional standards. Discourses written by and about women before, during, and immediately following the French and Russian Revolutions provide direct discursive examples of both the struggle for women’s civil and legal rights and the entrenchment of patriarchal structures of inequality.  

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