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'Votes for Women': An Analysis of the Militant Campaign

Monaghan, Rachel (1997) 'Votes for Women': An Analysis of the Militant Campaign. Terrorism and Political Violence, 9 (2). pp. 65-78. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09546559708427403


When one reads the literature on the militant suffragettes, one is left with the impression that the extent of their militancy was confined to smashing a few windows,slashing some works of art and, at most, setting fire to empty houses. This picture does not, however, stand up to closer examination. This article seeks to show how the militant campaign for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom embodies the characteristics of terrorism. The militant campaign involved the use or threat of use of violence, the targets selected were symbolic and the methods employed were extreme. Although the aim was to instil fear or to terrorise, one form of militancy not entertained by the suffragettes was the indiscriminate killing and injuring which has become a familiar tactic in violent protest. Even with this consideration the militant campaign can be viewed as one involving terrorism.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Women's suffrage, violent protest, terrorism
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:20402
Deposited By: Dr Rachel Monaghan
Deposited On:09 Nov 2011 13:47
Last Modified:09 Nov 2011 13:47

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