Flora Tristan, Utopian Feminist

Flora Tristan, Utopian Feminist

Her Travel Diaries and Personal Crusade
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/22/1993
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20766-1
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The entries not only illuminate the career of a remarkable woman, but yield insights into the early industrial system of the 1830s and 1840s." —Library Journal

A child of both the French and Industrial revolutions, Flora Tristan (1803-1844) became a bold social critic and political activist. Assuming personal freedoms enjoyed by few women contemporaries, she devoted herself to the cause of universal justice. Tristan traveled widely and tirelessly strived to organize French men and women workers. Several of her writings are here translated into English for the first time.

Author Bio

DORIS BEIK, who died in May 1988, was a librarian at Columbia University and Swarthmore College. Her work as a translator includes Madame de Staël’s Ten Years of Exile. PAUL BEIK is Centennial Professor Emeritus in the History Department at Swarthmore College. His published work includes The French Revolution Seen from the Right; Louis Philippe and the July Monarchy (with Doris Beik), and Modern Europe: A History since 1500 (with Laurence Lafore).

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Table of Contents


CHAPTER ONE from Women Travelers (1835)
Women Travelers

To the Peruvians
Outbreak of a Peruvian Revolution
Camp Followers
Scenes from a Civil War
A Sugar Refinery
The Women of Lima

The Ball
A Romantic Encounter
A Fated Alliance
from A Proletarian’s Story
The Women of the Future

CHAPTER FOUR from Promenades in London (1840)
The Monster City
A Visit to teh Houses of Parliament
Factory Workers
A Visit to a Progressive Penitenitiary
Saint Giles Parish (The Irish Quarter)
The Jewish Quarter
The Races at Ascot Heath
English Women
Men’s Clubs

CHAPTER FIVE from Workers’ Union (1843)
To All Workers, Men and Women
How to Constitute the Working Class
Why I Mention Women
Resume of the Ideas Contained in This Book

CHAPTER SIX from The Tour of France (1843-44)
Early Overtures to Parisian Workers
The Riverboat to Auxerre
Interview with the Bishop Of Dijon
Intuition at Lyon: The Impossible Task
Visit to a Hospital
Silk Workers and Other Trades
Radical Thoughts while Visitying Lyon Churches
The Croix-Rousse Working-Class Quarter
Soldiers in a Cafe in Saint-Etienne’
Confrontation with a Hostile Journalist
The People of Avignon
At the Port ofMarseille: First Impressions
Toulon, with changes of Mood
Return to Marseille
The Bishop of Nimes
The Washerwomen of Nimes
The Relevance of 1789
The Watch Story
A Police Story

ChHAPTER SEVEN Flora Tristan’s Legacy:
Final Sketches for the preface and Dedication of her intended Book