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

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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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Bonnie S. Anderson is at C.U.N.Y. Brooklyn College. Judith P. Zinsser is at Miami University.

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Combining superb scholarship and sheer readability, this is a revelatory, much-needed survey of women in European history. Women took to the barricades in the uprisings of 1848, defending short-lived republics in Paris, Vienna, Rome, Berlin. Names like Black Anna and Jeanne Hachette attest to the prominent roles women played in peasant revolts, bread riots and union organizing. Thousands of female Soviet soldiers saw active combat and helped defeat Hitler. Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance were troubadours, courtiers, singers, composers, writers; excluded from men's painter guilds, women found ways to practice art. All these accomplishments were achieved under the double burden women facehousehold chores plus the need to earn additional money for one's family. The authorsAnderson teaches at Brooklyn College, Zinsser teaches at the U.N. International Schoolfocus on the centuries after 1600 and end with a responsible history of feminism in its mainstream, socialist and lesbian varieties. Reading this book is an education. Photos.
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