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A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, Vol. 2

by Bonnie S. Anderson, Judith P. Zinsser

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 634
Paperback
ISBN: 9780195128390






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Overview of A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, Vol. 2

This classic two-volume history is an exciting and revolutionary look at women's history from prehistoric times to the present. Its unique organization focuses on the developments, achievements, and changes in women's roles in society. Rather than examining women's history as an inevitable progression of events along a strict timeline, this text is organized within a loose chronology, with chapters focusing on women's place and function in society. This revised edition provides a new introduction, an updated epilogue on women's lives in Europe since 1988, and a completely revised bibliography that includes recent scholarship. A History of Their Own restores women to the historical record, brings their history into focus, and provides models of female action and heroism. Lively and engaging, this new edition takes readers on a fascinating journey through women's history and the changing roles they have played. In addition it is an ideal text for general courses in women's studies and women's history and more specialized courses focusing on women in European history.
Volume Two covers the fifteenth century to the present. Topics include the roles of female monarchs and women of the court; the application of the new tools of the Scientific Revolution to prove traditional views of women; the salons and parlors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and wealthy women's contributions to the arts and social services; the impact of city-living and the Industrial Revolution on women's roles and family life; and the emergence, evolution, and impact of the modern feminist movement.

"A ground-breaking, two-volume work that makes the familiar landmarks of 'Western Civ 101' mere footnotes to a new version of history."--Ms. Magazine

Synopsis of A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, Vol. 2

This classic two-volume history is an exciting and revolutionary look at women's history from prehistoric times to the present. Its unique organization focuses on the developments, achievements, and changes in women's roles in society. Rather than examining women's history as an inevitable progression of events along a strict timeline, this text is organized within a loose chronology, with chapters focusing on women's place and function in society. This revised edition provides a new introduction, an updated epilogue on women's lives in Europe since 1988, and a completely revised bibliography that includes recent scholarship. A History of Their Own restores women to the historical record, brings their history into focus, and provides models of female action and heroism. Lively and engaging, this new edition takes readers on a fascinating journey through women's history and the changing roles they have played. In addition it is an ideal text for general courses in women's studies and women's history and more specialized courses focusing on women in European history.
Volume Two covers the fifteenth century to the present. Topics include the roles of female monarchs and women of the court; the application of the new tools of the Scientific Revolution to prove traditional views of women; the salons and parlors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and wealthy women's contributions to the arts and social services; the impact of city-living and the Industrial Revolution on women's roles and family life; and the emergence, evolution, and impact of the modern feminist movement.

Vermont Sunday Magazine

These are fascinating glimpses here of hundreds of women at home, at work, in the community, making their way into the commercial world, especially in textiles and clothing-related crafts...There is such a wealth of substance in these pages—a whole new view of women as artists and physicians, for example—the depth and breadth of material is truly astonishing. It is all intelligently organized and eminently readable.

About the Author, Bonnie S. Anderson

Brooklyn College and the Graduate Faculty, CUNY

Miami University, Ohio

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Editorials

Los Angeles Times Book Review

In this first of a two-volume survey of European women since 500 B.C., Bonnie Anderson and Judith Zinsser argue compellingly that throughout the recorded history of Europe, women's lives have been shaped more by their gender than by any other factor, whether class, religion, ethnicity, or nationality.

Ms. Magazine

A groung-breaking two-volume work that makes the familiar landmarks and heroes of 'Western Civ 101' mere footnotes to a new version of history—one told from a woman's eye view.

New York Times Book Review

Such a solid, synthetic work on European women's history will help answer those critics who have persisted in seeing women's history as marginal or peripheral...Compelling.

San Francisco Chronicle

Factors often ignored in histories of men, such as all the daily details that make up the hours, days, years of women's lives—food, clothing, shelter, contraception, diseases, religious practices—are described here in minute, lively and fascinating detail...The authors do not shy away from the difficult questions surrounding the history of women.

Vermont Sunday Magazine

These are fascinating glimpses here of hundreds of women at home, at work, in the community, making their way into the commercial world, especially in textiles and clothing-related crafts...There is such a wealth of substance in these pages—a whole new view of women as artists and physicians, for example—the depth and breadth of material is truly astonishing. It is all intelligently organized and eminently readable.

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