Praise for The Republic of Men
“The Republic of Men is an important contribution not only to the history of gender in the Third Republic but also to broader understandings of interwar French politics. . . .The Republic of Men succeeds in being accessible without sacrificing academic rigour and analytical detail.”—French History
“Read contributes to an exciting trend in French history that examines convergences and divergences between the political left, centre, and right. . . . Republic of Men is accessible and thus useful for undergraduates and experts alike who are interested in gender, race, and politics. Most importantly, readers of the book will have no doubt that gender was at the centre of the most important political debates of interwar France.”—Canadian Journal of History
“Geoff Read is thoroughly grounded in the theoretical and historical literature on gender and in the histories of eight major political parties in the Third Republic between the wars. . . . Methodologically, The Republic of Men is impressive. Read’s mining of newspaper content beyond front page articles, encompassing obituaries, cartoons, women’s pages and sports pages, is a model for historians using newspapers as sources. . . . [Read’s] insights into the wavering and sometimes contradictory trajectories of many parties on social policies and suffrage are equally important contributions to the historiography of the Third Republic.”—Journal of Social History
“What commends the study is the treatment of a much wider swathe of the political spectrum than is commonly attempted, and the relational nature of its exploration of masculinity and femininity. Its close and systematic reading of the interwar press, with attention paid to both male and female voices, furnishes the reader with a wealth of examples of specific gendered formulations.”—European History Quarterly
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