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Elusive Equality: Gender, Citizenship, and the Limits of Democracy in Czechoslovokia, 1918-1950 (Pitt Russian East European) Hardcover – May 28, 2006

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”Feinberg possesses a deep sensitivity to the nuances of the issues at stake, presents them clearly, and points out the inconsistencies in the arguments raised by the feminists’ opponents. Meticulously researched and compelling.”

--Slavic Review

“Feinberg’s approach . . . is refreshing. The book’s contribution lies in connecting debates about citizenship and democracy with a detailed analysis of struggles over gender equality in the emerging Czechoslovak political system.”
—Czech Solociological Review

"[A] must read . . . Feinberg's well-told cautionary tale serves as a reminder to readers and reformers everywhere that liberty for women and men is always in question and in danger."
--Feminist Review

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"Melissa Feinberg cogently analyzes conflicts over the meaning of women's citizenship in Czechoslovakia, arguing that the issue of gender equality was central to Czech politics during the interwar period and immediately after. This well-researched volume fills a lacuna in the historiography of the country, indeed, of the region." --Nancy M. Wingfield, Northern Illinois University

"In rendering women's citizenship the test case for Czech democracy, Feinberg succeeds in gendering both Czech national history and the history of citizenship more broadly. Her arguments about Czech democracy offer compelling lessons for scholars of gender and citizenship in other republican or democratic settings." --Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan

"Elusive Equality successfully integrates fresh research with some of the most sophisticated current findings on gender history in modern Europe. Feinberg offers solid evidence for rethinking the place of gender in our concepts of democracy, and especially of citizenship. She brings to light entirely new aspects of the history of Czechoslovakia during the first half of the twentieth century." --Maria Bucur, Indiana University

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