Helena Swanwick's Book Report

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World War one and the beginning of the 20th century set up the atmosphere for the rest of the century. Women’s effect on the war, the revolution Lenin was preparing Russian to happen, Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace, and the Great Depression all made an effect on the 20th century. These and others added up to the problems and concerns of the 20th century. In the late 19th century many women began the fight for suffrage. In The Making of the West it states, “Its leadership argued that despite men’s promises to protect women in exchange for their inequality, the system of male chivalry had led to exploitation and abuse” (Hunt, 780). The men that were in charge were doing nothing to help the women. The women in the working class were especially bothered by not having suffrage and not having equal rights. Helena Swanwick, a German journalist, wrote The War in Its Effect Upon Women. In her book, she advocated equality in suffrage, social, economic, and political status for women (Sourcebook, 408). Swanwick says, “Women, as half the human race, are compelled to take their share of evil and good with men, the other half” (Sourcebook, 408). She goes on to talk about how women work and do the same things as men, therefore they…show more content…
He warned the European leaders that the treaty would not help the economy. He criticized the treaty in The Economic Consequences of the Peace. Keynes wrote, “The treaty includes no provisions for the economic rehabilitation of Europe, --nothing to make the defeated Central Empires into good neighbors, nothing to stabilize the new States of Europe, nothing to reclaim Russia; nor does it promote in any way a compact of economic solidarity amongst the Allies themselves” (Sourcebook, 427). Keynes was correct in saying the treaty would not help the economy since the great depression took place a few years
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