History of Their Own Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present

ISBN-10: 0195128389

ISBN-13: 9780195128383

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $69.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Traditions Inherited: Attitudes about Women from the Centuries Before 800 A.D.
Buried Traditions: The Question of Origins
Archaeological Evidence
Biological Evidence
Psychological Evidence
Anthropological Evidence
Written Evidence
Inherited Traditions: The Principal Influences
Traditions Subordinating Women
Women's Approved Roles
Women's Dishonorable Roles: Slave, Prostitute, and Concubine
Misogyny
Traditions Empowering Women
Worship of Goddesses
Women Warriors
Women in Power: Queens and Empresses
Women of Wealth
Educated and Artistic Women
The Effects of Christianity
Beliefs and Practices Empowering Women
Beliefs and Practices Subordinating Women
Women of the Fields: Sustaining the Generations
The Constants of the Peasant Women's World: The Ninth to the Twentieth Centuries
The Life
The Landscape
The Year's Activities
Children and Nurturing
Threats to Survival
Sustaining the Generations
The Family and Marriage
Access to the Land
Additional Income
Impossible Choices
Survival Outside the Family
Giving Value
The Extraordinary
Joan of Arc
The Witchcraft Persecutions
What Remains of the Peasant Woman's World
Women of the Churches: the Power of the Faithful
The Patterns of Power and Limitation: The Tenth to the Seventeenth Centuries
Authority Within the Institutional Church
The Great Abbesses and Learned Holy Communities
Reformed Religious Orders: The Twelfth and the Thirteenth Centuries
The Cloistered Life of the Nun
Mystics: The Ecstatic Life
Authority Outside the Institutional Church
Challenges to Established Dogma and Established Orders
The Virgin Mary
Exemplars, Tertiaries, and Beguines
Heresy: The Limits of Power Through Faith
Authority Given and Taken Away: The Protestant and Catholic Reformations
Religious Enthusiasm Reborn: The Sixteenth and the Seventeenth Centuries
Queens, Princesses, and Noblewomen
Protesters, Proselytizers, Unorthodox Nuns, and Martyrs
Limiting Roles: The Woman's Proper Place
Traditional Images Redrawn
The Female Nature
The Christian Family
The Legacy of the Protestant Reformation
Women of the Castles and Manors: Custodians of Land and Lineage
From Warrior's Wife to Noblewoman: The Ninth to the Seventeenth Centuries
Constants of the Noblewoman's Life
War
Marriage
Land, Faith, and Children
Power and Vulnerability
Wives and Daughters in the World of Feudalism: The Ninth to the Twelfth Centuries
Courtly Love and Codes of Chivalry
Wives and Daughters in the World of Centralized Monarchies: The Thirteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries
Widows and Mothers: The Ninth to the Seventeenth Centuries
The New Flowering of Ancient Traditions
In Literature
In Law and Practice
The Ideal Woman
Women of the Walled Towns: Providers and Partners
The Townswoman's Daily Life: The Twelfth to the Seventeenth Centuries
Alleyways, Streets, and Squares
The Poor
Guildswomen
Merchants' Wives
Dangers and Remedies
Natural Disasters and War
Disease and Childbearing
Faith in God, Repentance, and the Saints
Prayers to the Virgin Mary
The World of Commercial Capitalism: The Thirteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries
Protected and Provided For
The Business of Marriage and Charity
Old Crafts
New Professions: Art and Medicine
Capitalist Entrepreneurs
The Invisible and Visible Bonds of Misogyny
Old Tales Retold
Sumptuary and Adultery Laws
Abuse of Women: Violence and Ridicule
The Ideal Marriage and the Perfect Wife
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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