Rise Up, Women!: The Militant Campaign of the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903-1914

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Routledge, Jan 17, 2013 - History - 344 pages
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The suffragette movement shattered the domestic tranquillity of Edwardian England. This book is an original and searching study of the formidable organization which led this campaign: the Women’s Social and Political Union.

With the use of previously unpublished correspondence of Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, her colleagues and such political leaders as Asquith, Balfour and Lloyd George, the author views the development of ever more extreme and violent forms of militancy not as a series of amusing exploits and incidents but as the carefully calculated political strategy the suffragettes intended it to be. He examines the reasons for the remarkable effectiveness of militant tactics in making women’s enfranchisement a political issue of central importance, and shows why militancy failed to secure this right prior to the outbreak of war in August 1914. He assesses, too, the influence of the vast social and political changes wrought by the war on the ultimate success of the campaign in 1918.

 

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Contents

1 Antecedents
1
2 Enter the Pankhursts
14
3 The Founding of the WSPU
24
4 Militancy Begins
49
5 To London
58
6 Rapid Growth
81
7 The Split
88
8 To Hyde Park
97
13 Violence Flight and Divided Counsels
156
14 The PethickLawrences Depart
173
15 Bromley and Bow and its Aftermath
180
16 The Arson Campaign
189
17 The Great Scourge
203
18 The Arson Campaign Continued
214
19 The End of the Militant Campaign
246
The Vote and After
255

9 Frustration Mounts
109
10 Violence Begins
118
11 The Truce
133
12 The Truce Renewed
146
Notes
272
Selected Bibliography
294
Index
303
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