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Flora Tristan’s Diary: The Tour of France 1843-1844

Translated, annotated and introduced by Máire Fedelma Cross

Maire Cross

In February 1843 Flora Tristan began to write a journal as she set out on her tour of France wherein she recorded her experience of feminist socialist militancy. This is a unique record of gender politics and political and socio-economic conditions in twenty-two towns of provincial France on the eve of the 1848 revolution. It came to an abrupt end with her illness and death in Bordeaux in November 1844. The long-awaited first complete translation of Flora Tristan’s journal is presented with an analytical introduction, an index and bibliographical footnotes.
Contents: Presentation of Text: Flora Tristan’s diary as historical witness. The private passions of a public woman – Introduction to Translation – The text of the diary subdivided into sections on the towns visited – Bibliographical guide – Index.