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Department ofHistory


Naomi Andrews

Naomi Andrews

Andrews publishes two new articles

Naomi Andrews published her essay “The Woman Question: Liberal and Socialist Critiques of the Status of Women” in The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, which appeared in January from Cambridge University Press. This essay describes the development of what we now call feminism in Europe from the French Revolution to the eve of World War I, focusing on the way different critics of the gender order in Europe framed their positions, particularly in relation to the main political strands of the era, liberalism and socialism. 

Andrews published a second article, "‘How should slaves disappear?’: defending slavery in France, 1834–1848" in Slavery & Abolition, A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. This article traces the rhetorical strategies of pro-slavery advocates in July Monarchy France between the 1833 British Emancipation Act and the 1848 French Emancipation, when both sides of the debate saw emancipation as inevitable. Defenders of colonial slavery sought to defer such action for as long as possible. In doing so they drew upon metropolitan cultural anxieties about revolution and rapid social change, socio-cultural shifts occasioned by industrialization and urbanization, and fears of French economic decline to make their case to the French lawmakers and public.