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The Disappearing Surplus: The Spinster In The Post-War Debate In Weimar Germany, 1918-1920

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As the women's movement in Russia has its own specific history which is connected with the peculiarities of the political and economic development of the country, this chapter starts with a short preamble describing its characteristic features in order to provide a contextual background. The First World War created new opportunities for Russian feminists who strove to meet the new needs of the nation. A decisive role in women's suffrage in Russia was played by the outbreak of revolution in February 1917. In the autumn of 1917, the Provisional Government took the decision to open all forms of waged employment to female applicants. But the October Revolution took place in the same year, replacing parliamentary democracy with the idea of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Several Russian feminists, such as Ariadna Tyrkova, emerged as prominent figures in the anti-Bolshevik opposition in the period immediately after the October Revolution.

Keywords:October Revolution; Russia; women's suffrage



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