History

Gender and History in Western Europe

Author: Mary Vincent

Publisher: Hodder Education

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 388

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Using gender as a tool of historical analysis has been immensely liberating, both addressing some of the theoretical issues raised by women's history and opening up the history of masculinity as a new area of enquiry. This volume provides a clear and accessible guide to the evolution and use of gender as a concept in historical studies. It presents some of the most influential contributions in the field, outlining in the process key issues of historical controversy: the feminine and masculine domains in history; anatomical conceptions of sexual difference; the development of domestic ideology; seventeeth-century female prophets and the nineteenth-century Marian revival; the role of women in formal and informal political behaviour and discourse, and the role of gender in conflict in periodic realignments of the sexual division of labour. The work represented offers new understandings of the history of women as well as a new way of thinking about the history of men. But these insights cannot be confined: areas of history as disparate as science, religion, and politics are all affected by the 'gender revolution'. The aim of books in the Arnold Readers in History series is to bring together selections of important, formative or controversial essays and writings. Each book will make available in a single accessible volume examples of the writings of many key figures in the field, along with essays that in one way or another are (or seem destined to become) historiographical benchmarks.
Literary Criticism

Women in Medieval Western European Culture

Author: Linda E. Mitchell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 422

View: 942

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
History

The Routledge History of Women in Europe Since 1700

Author: Deborah Simonton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 700

The Routledge History of Women in Europe since 1700 is a landmark publication that provides the most coherent overview of woman’s role and place in western Europe, spanning the era from the beginning of the eighteenth century until the twentieth century. In this collection of essays, leading women's historians counter the notion of ‘national’ histories and provide the insight and perspective of a European approach. Important intellectual, political and economic developments have not respected national boundaries, nor has the story of women’s past, or the interplay of gender and culture. The interaction between women, ideology and female agency, the way women engaged with patriarchal and gendered structures and systems, and the way women carved out their identities and spaces within these, informs the writing in this book. For any student of women’s studies or European history, The Routledge History of Women in Europe since 1700 will prove an informative addition to their studies.
History

Women In Late Medieval and Reformation Europe 1200-1550

Author: Helen M. Jewell

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 966

The period from c. 500 to 1200 comprises the formative centuries in European history after the fall of the Roman Empire in the west. Societies had to live through political, social, economic and religious challenges. Half the population, though, also had to labour under additional constraints imposed by the prevalent gender theories, which carried a mixture of inherited Judeo-Christian tradition and classical medical and legal custom through the period. Helen M. Jewell provides a lively survey of western European women's activities and experiences during this timespan. The core chapters investigate: - the function of women in the countryside and towns - the role of women in the ruling and landholding classes - women within the context of religion. This practical centre of the book is embedded in an analysis of contemporary, usually male-voiced, gender theories and society's expectations of women. Several individuals who vastly exceeded these expectations, crashing through the 'glass ceilings' of their day, are brought together in a fascinating final chapter. Combining a historiographical survey of trends over the last thirty years with more recent scholarship, this is the ideal introductory guide for anyone with an interest in women's history from the Dark Age through to the early Medieval period.
Social Science

Contemporary Western European Feminism

Author: Gisela Kaplan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

View: 179

Contemporary Western European Feminism is a ground-breaking history of feminism. Gisela Kaplan invites a critical analysis of current ideas, terms and assumptions about our modern world. Written confidently and with compassion, this is the story of a long revolution that has set out to change predominant attitudes and transform value hierarchies and human lifestyles. By outlining the postwar histories of individual countries Kaplan contextualises women's movements and documents a significant chapter of European social history. She poses questions about the interrelationship between the new movements and the parliamentary democracies in which they occurred, while analysing the contradictions of living in modern capitalist countries. Contemporary Western European Feminism also tackles important contradictions, such as those between the welfare state and the free market economy; industrialisation and religious value systems; social engineering and the production of wealth; and dissent and patrimonial systems of democracy. For those wanting to know more about Europe without the intimidating barriers of language and for those already experts in its social history, Contemporary Western European Feminism is essential reading.
History

Women in Twentieth-Century Europe

Author: Ann T. Allen

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 158

Women's lives changed more in the Twentieth century than in any previous century. It was a period of transformation, not only of the political realm, but also the household, family and workplace. Ranging widely over Europe, this fascinating account is one of the first comprehensive surveys of its kind.
History

Women In Dark Age And Early Medieval Europe C.500-1200

Author: Helen M. Jewell

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 875

The period 1200-1550 opened in a time of population expansion but went on to suffer the demographically cataclysmic effects of the plague, beginning with the Black Death of 1347-51. The period dawned with a confident papacy and the Albigensian crusade against heretics and ended with the Catholic church torn apart by the Protestant Reformation. Huge challenges were affecting society in various ways, but they did not always affect men and women in the same ways. Helen M. Jewell provides a lively survey of western European women's activities and experiences during this timeframe. The core chapters investigate: - the function of women in the countryside and towns - the role of women in the ruling and landholding classes - women within the context of religion. This practical centre of the book is embedded in an analysis of the gender theories inherited from the earlier Middle Ages which continued to underpin laws which restricted women's activity, an education system which offered them inferior institutional provision, and a church which denied them ministry. Three individuals who vastly exceeded these expectations, crashing through the 'glass ceilings' of their day, are brought together in a fascinating final chapter. Combining a historiographical survey of trends over the last thirty years with more recent scholarship, this is as indispensable introduction for anyone with an interest in women's history from the late Medieval period through to the Reformation.
History

Connecting Spheres

Author: Marilyn J. Boxer

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 842

In Connecting Spheres, Boxer and Quataert, along with an array of eminent contributors, examine the social history of women within western civilization over the past 500 years. Expanded and updated, this new edition addresses both long-standing and more recent issues which have affected women's lives in modern Europe. These topics include the role of women in public versus private spheres; changes in family life in post-communist Eastern Europe; the impact of religion on the lives of women; the growth of the prostitution sector; the rise of feminism and anti-feminism; and the part female sexuality has played impacting women's roles in social and political life. New essays and new, broader general and section introduction by the authors make this text as appropriate and applicable to general survey studies of modern European history as it is for women's history courses.
History

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

Author: Judith M. Bennett

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 642

View: 877

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.
History

Women’s Emancipation Movements in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Sylvia Paletschek

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 755

The nineteenth century, a time of far-reaching cultural, political, and socio-economic transformation in Europe, brought about fundamental changes in the role of women. Women achieved this by fighting for their rights in the legal, economic, and political spheres. In the various parts of Europe, this process went forward at a different pace and followed different patterns. Most historical research up to now has ignored this diversity, preferring to focus on women’s emancipation movements in major western European countries such as Britain and France. The present volume provides a broader context to the movement by including countries both large and small from all regions of Europe. Fourteen historians, all of them specialists in women’s history, examine the origins and development of women’s emancipation movements in their respective areas of expertise. By exploring the cultural and political diversity of nineteenth-century Europe and at the same time pointing out connections to questions explored by conventional scholarship, the essays shed new light on common developments and problems.