Gender in World History / Edition 2

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Covering societies from classical times to the twenty-first century, Gender in World History is a fascinating exploration of what happens to established ideas about men and women, and their roles, when different cultural systems come into contact. This book breaks new ground to facilitate a consistent approach to gender in a world history context.

This second edition is completely updated, including: expanded introductions to each chronological section, extensive discussion of the contemporary era bringing it right up to date, new chapters on international influences in the first half of the twentieth century and globalization in the latter part of the twentieth century, engagement with the recent work done on gender history and theory. Coming right up to the present day, Gender in World History is essential reading for students of world history.

About the Author:
Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University

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Editorial Reviews

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'Brings together two of the most dynamic areas of contemporary historical research, global and gender history ... it presents examples from a variety of different cultures in ways that will be appealing to many readers.' - - Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

'A comparative history of immense ambition ... [It] will be profitably consulted by gender historians. It successfully demonstrates that gender is a historical construct that is rebuilt by each generation and varies from culture to culture,' - Journal of Contemporary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415395892
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Themes in World History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter N. Stearns is Provost Emeritus and Professor of History at George Mason University. He is the author of many books, including World History: The Basics, and The Industrial Revolution in World History.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The traditional base: Civilizations and patriarchy 8
Pt. I From classical civilizations through the postclassical period 17
2 Early contacts: Influences from cultural diversity 21
3 Buddhism and Chinese women 30
4 Islamic standards outside the heartland: Changes and continuities in India and sub-Saharan Africa 38
5 The Chinese influence 49
Pt. II Results of European expansion, 1500-1900 57
6 European and Native Americans 63
7 Men and women amid British imperialism in India 75
8 Western influences and regional reactions: Polynesia and Africa 89
9 Westernization and gender: Beyond the colonial models 98
Pt. III The twentieth century 113
10 Immigration as culture contact 117
11 Contact and retract: The Middle East in the twentieth century 124
12 New international influences 133
13 International consumer culture: The question of impact 148
Conclusion: Patterns and trends 155
Index 159
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