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Becoming Modern:
Young Women and the Reconstruction of Womanhood in the 1920s
Birgitte Søland

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"This unique study of women in twentieth-century Denmark contributes to the field of women's history-and the specific area of gender and modernity-in multiple ways. It examines the process of modernization throughout women's life cycle, focusing on both young single and older married women. As one of the few full-length English-language historical studies of Scandinavian women, it is essential to the current project of women's history, which is becoming increasingly internationalized and comparative."--Sonya A. Michel, author of Children's Interests / Mother's Rights: The Shaping of America's Child Care Policy

"This is a significant contribution to European, social, gender, and cultural history because it chronicles the modernity of everyday life and challenges the dominant interpretations of interwar struggles over gender as grounded in the experience of war. The case of Denmark makes debate of these theories high on the historical agenda. And because the story is told in such a lively and clear manner, the book will have wider appeal than the case of Denmark might suggest. Scholars in a number of fields who puzzle over modernity will find this a useful, accessible treatment of social and cultural modernity. The book is terrific to read, a real pleasure."--Bonnie Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice

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