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Writing Women's History since the Renaissance is the first comprehensive history of women's historical writing since the 16th century, focusing particularly on the impact of feminism on history and the development of a distinctly woman-centered historiography. The book surveys the ways in which women participated in the ostensibly masculinist discipline of history before the rise of Women's Liberation, the development of "women's history" in the 1970s, debates within feminist historiography and the development of specific fields of women's history, as well as the emergence of gender as a category of historical analysis.
Introduction: Hardly any Women at all?: Women Writers and the Gender of History
• Part I: Men's History
• The Classical Inheritance
• All Histories are against You: Women and the History Men
• Part II: Women's History
• Above their Sex? Women's History 'before' Feminism
• History's Romantic Heroines: Women's History and Revolutionary Feminism
• Heroines of Domestic Life: Women's History and Female Biography
• Women's History and the 'Woman Question'
• Amateurs or Professionals?: Women's History in the Academy
• Clio's Consciousness Raised?: Women's Liberation and Women's History
• Liberating Women's History?: Feminism and the Reconstruction of History
• Surpassing the History of Men: Women's History and Lesbian History
• Conclusion: Dealing with Difference?