Florence Nightingale, Feminist

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About the Book

This is the first, full-length biography of Florence Nightingale told from a post-feminist perspective. Born into Victorian Britain’s elite, a brilliant, magnetic teenager decided to devote her life to the indigent sick by becoming a nurse. Florence’s family, especially her mother, opposed the decision, yet Nightingale insisted. Catapulted into the Crimean War, she brought order to the chaos of British military hospitals, but she could never forget her patients. Despite debilitating illness, she focused on preventing another Crimean calamity: the death of thousands due to avoidable causes. Hygienic army installations, sanitation for India, and creation of modern nursing owe much to Florence Nightingale. To Victorians, she personified their ideal of nurturing female. Hindsight provides a wider perspective. By creating a career for women that empowered them with economic independence, Florence Nightingale stands among the founders of modern feminism.

About the Author(s)

Historian Judith Lissauer Cromwell lives in New York.

Bibliographic Details

Judith Lissauer Cromwell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 328
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7092-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9319-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 5

 1. The Child Is Mother of the Woman 9

 2. Seesaw 24

 3. “My little plan” 35

 4. “Idol of the man I adored” 45

 5. A Taste of Freedom 53

 6. The Penultimate Battle 64

 7. The Prison Called Family 77

 8. Harley Street 89

 9. “There is but one person in England” 99

10. “The kingdom of hell” 110

11. “These gigantic hospitals” 120

12. Unparalleled Calamity 133

13. Balaclava Spring 144

14. Contest for the Crimea 156

15. Victory 166

16. “I can never forget” 175

17. The Royal Commission 185

18. “The welfare and efficiency of the British Army” 197

19. Annus Horribilis 209

20. “How People May Live and Not Die in India” 220

21. Nursing 232

22. Family Matters 245

23. “The People of India” 258

24. “The love that is so broad” 267

25. “A blessed life” 278

Afterword 287

Chapter Notes 291

Select Bibliography 310

Index 315