This book provides an overview of Irish gender history from the end of the Great Famine in 1852 until the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922. It builds on the work that scholars of women’s history pioneered and brings together internationally regarded experts to offer a synthesis of the current historiography and existing debates within the field. The authors place emphasis on highlighting new and exciting sources, methodologies, and suggested areas for future research. They address a variety of critical themes such as the family, reproduction and sexuality, the medical and prison systems, masculinities and femininities, institutions, charity, the missions, migration, ‘elite women’, and the involvement of women in the Irish nationalist/revolutionary period. Envisioned to be both thematic and chronological, the book provides insight into the comparative, transnational, and connected histories of Ireland, India, and the British empire.

An important contribution to the study of Irish gender history, the volume offers opportunities for students and researchers to learn from the methods and historiography of Irish studies. It will be useful for scholars and teachers of history, gender studies, colonialism, post-colonialism, European history, Irish history, Irish studies, and political history.


The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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Culture, Family and Society

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Gender and Migration

The Irish Experience, 1850–1922
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Gender and the ascendancy

The families who owned, and lost, the island of Ireland, 1852–1922
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Health, Welfare and Institutionalisation

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‘A Fat, Pompous Old Woman, Ignorant, and Illiterate’ 1

Popular Midwifery in Nineteenth-century Ireland
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Institutionalisation and Gender

From the Foundling Hospitals to the Mother and Baby Institutions
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Sex and Sexuality

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Crime, Punishment and Gender

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Politics and Revolution

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‘The peeress and the peasant’ 1

Popular mobilisation and the Ulster Women's Unionist Council, 1911–21
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‘A voice in the affairs of the nation’

Irish women and nationalism 1872–1922
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‘A political nonentity with infants, criminals, and lunatics’

First wave feminism in Ireland 1872–1922
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chapter 19|17 pages

Margaret Elizabeth Cousins and Transnationalism

An Irish Suffragette as an Anti-Colonial Feminist in Colonial India
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