A Companion to Gender History / Edition 1

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A Companion to Gender History surveys the history of women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years.

  • An extensive survey of the history of women around the world, their interaction with men, and the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years.
  • Discusses family history, the history of the body and sexuality, and cultural history alongside women’s history and gender history.
  • Considers the importance of class, region, ethnicity, race and religion to the formation of gendered societies.
  • Contains both thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays.
  • Gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern era as well as to the modern era.
  • Written by scholars from across the English-speaking world and scholars for whom English is not their first language.
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“This book is a reference masterpiece … [with] clear and comprehensible writing. The authors … present a truly global study.” Reference Reviews
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Meet the Author

Teresa A. Meade is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Women's Studies at Union College, New York. She is the author of "Civilizing" Rio: Reform and Resistance in a Brazilian City (1997), A Brief History of Brazil (2003), and is working on a project on marriage on the Alta California frontier, 1769–1860.

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her recent books include Gender in History (Blackwell, 2001), Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (1993), iscovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence (1997), and Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World (1999).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction 1
1 Sexuality 11
2 Gender and Labor in World History 26
3 Structures and Meanings in a Gendered Family History 51
4 Religion and Gender: Embedded Patterns, Interwoven Frameworks 70
5 Gender Rules: Law and Politics 86
6 Race, Gender, and Other Differences in Feminist Theory 110
7 Gender and Education Before and After Mass Schooling 129
8 How Images Got Their Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in the Visual Arts 146
9 Revolution, Nationalism, and Anti-Imperialism 170
10 Feminist Movements: Gender and Sexual Equality 186
11 Digging Up Gender in the Earliest Human Societies 211
12 Women in the Middle East, 8000 B.C.E to 1700 C.E. 229
13 Gendered Themes in Early African History 249
14 Confusion Complexities: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam 273
15 Early Western Civilization Under the Sign of Gender: Europe and the Mediterranean 285
16 Gender in the Ancient Americas: From Earliest Villages to European Colonization 305
17 Gender History, Southeast Asia, and the "World Regions" Framework 323
18 Did Gender Have a Renaissance? Exclusions and Traditions in Early Modern Western Europe 343
19 Self, Society, and Gender in Early Modern Russia and Eastern Europe 358
20 A New World Engendered: The Making of the Iberian Transatlantic Empires 371
21 Rescued from Obscurity: Contributions and Challenges in Writing the History of Gender in the Middle East and North Africa 393
22 Gender, Women, and Power in Africa, 1750-1914 413
23 Clash of Cultures: Gender and Colonialism in South and Southeast Asia 430
24 From Private to Public Patriarchy: Women, Labor and the State in East Asia, 1600-1919 444
25 Gender in the Formation of European Power, 1750-1914 459
26 Latin America and the Caribbean 477
27 North America from North of the 49[superscript th] Parallel 492
28 Frameworks of Gender: Feminism and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Asia 513
29 Women and Gender Roles in Africa Since 1918: Gender as a Determinant of Status 540
30 Continuities Amid Change: Gender Ideas and Arrangements in Twentieth-Century Russia and Eastern Europe 555
31 Engendering Reform and Revolution in Twentieth-Century Latin America and the Caribbean 568
32 Equality and Difference in the Twentieth-Century West: North America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand 586
Bibliography 611
Index 654
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