A History of Women in the West, Volume V: Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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Has the worst of times for humanity--this century bloodied by wars and revolutions without precedent in history--been the best of times for women? How have the promises of freedom, parity with men, full participation in society, actually been met amid all the transformations and upheavals the twentieth century has witnessed? This fifth volume in the world-acclaimed series brings the history of women up to the present, placing it in the context of momentous events and profound social changes that have marked our time.

Informed by the work of 75 distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day. Volume One offers fresh insight into more than 20 centuries of Greek and Roman history to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. 84 illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A welcome new installment of the acclaimed series (Vol. 4: American Feminism from Revolution to World War , LJ 9/15/93), Volume 5 surveys Western women's history through the 1980s. Again, the focus is not strictly chronological; the work examines the social factors of the 20th century in the context of traditional women's issues. The consequences of Freud and Marx; two world wars; nationalism and fascism; reproductive legislation; the bioethical rights of family members; and the feminist movement have created a century of drastic and not always beneficial change. Conspicuously absent are significant treatments of the contributions of American women to 20th-century feminism, though they are acknowledged in the introduction. That criticism aside, this volume and the entire set are essential for all but the smallest libraries. The contributors and editors deserve accolades.-- Jenny Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Library Journal
This five-volume work addresses the history of women from the ancients to the 1980s. Editors George Duby et al. state that this series of books "is the product of a revolution--an ongoing, far-reaching revolution in the relations between men and women in Western societies." It therefore focuses on the western European experience with some attention to North America and "is intended to be not so much a history of women as a history of the relation between the sexes" because that is "the crux of the problem, the source of women's identity and otherness." Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674403659
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: History of Women in the West Series, #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 728
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Université Lumière Lyon.
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Table of Contents

A New Kind of History
Writing the History of Women
Representations of Women 1
1 Feminine Models of the Ancient World 9
1 What is a Goddess? 11
2 The Sexual Philosophies of Plato and Aristotle 46
3 The Division of the Sexes in Roman Law 83
4 Figures of Women 139
2 Traditional Rituals Women Share 231
5 Marriage in Ancient Greece 233
6 Body Politics in Ancient Rome 296
7 Pandora's Daughters and Rituals in Grecian Cities 338
8 The Religious Roles of Roman Women 377
9 Early Christian Women 409
3 Yesterday and Today 445
10 Creating a Myth of Matriarchy 449
11 Women and Ancient History Today 464
The Woman's Voice 473
Notes 481
Bibliography 543
Contributors 557
Illustration Credits 559
Index 561
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