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Collected Works of Florence Nightingale: Volume 5: Florence Nightingale on Society and Politics, Philosophy, Science, Education and Literature [Hardcover]

Lynn McDonald

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May 16 2003 Collected Works of Florence Nightingale (Book 5)

Florence Nightingale on Society and Politics, Philosophy, Science, Education and Literature, Volume 5 in the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, is the main source of Nightingale’s work on the methodology of social science and her views on social reform. Here we see how she took her “call to service” into practice: by first learning how the laws of God’s world operate, one can then determine how to intervene for good. There is material on medical statistics, the census, pauperism and Poor Law reform, the need for income security measures and better housing, on crime, gender and the family. Her comments on a new edition of The Dialogues of Plato are given, with their impact on the revision of the next edition. We see Nightingale’s condemnation of Plato’s “community of wives,” with her stirring approval of love (even outside marriage!), marriage and the family. In this volume also her views on natural science, education and literature are reported.

Nightingale was an astute behind-the-scenes political activist. Society and Politics publishes (much of it for the first time) her correspondence with such leading political figures as Queen Victoria, W.E. Gladstone and J.S. Mill. There are notes and essays on public administration and personal observations on various members of royalty, prime ministers and ministers, and Indian viceroys. Nightingale’s support of the vote for women (contrary to much in the secondary literature) is here shown. Correspondence and notes on British general elections from 1834 to 1900 is reported, with letters to and for (Liberal) political candidates and fierce condemnations of Conservatives.

Currently, Volumes 1 to 11 are available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (May 16 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889204292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889204294
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 16.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,200,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn McDonald is a professor of sociology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She is a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s organization, and a former Member of Parliament. Her Non-smokers’ Health Act made Parliamentary history as a private member’s bill, and made Canada a leader in the “tobacco wars.” She is the author of The Early Origins of the Social Sciences (1993) and Th


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