Designed to be a comprehensive history of women in Europe, synthesizing the research of the last 20 years. The authors have organized European history from women's perspective, covering both the typical and the extraordinary, the famous and the obscure. Their study aims to show the paramount importance of gender in shaping women's lives: limiting their expectations, opportunities and resources and defining them by their families and their relationships to men, as daughters, wives and mother, rather than as individuals.
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Bonnie S. Anderson is at C.U.N.Y. Brooklyn College. Judith P. Zinsser is at Miami University.Review:
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"These erudite, celebratory volumes belong on every woman's bookshelves."--Joan Smith, in The Guardian
"Bonnie Anderson and Judith Zinsser undertook a formidable task: to write a history of women in Europe scholarly enough to serve as a text in women's history courses, yet lively enough for the general reader. That the authors succeeded in writing such a book is surprising; that they produced
more than 800 pages of continual fascinating narrative is a cause for rejoicing."--Cissie Fairchilds, Syracuse University
"This study demonstrates that one could successfully teach Western Civilization from the perspective of women's experience without in any way neglecting topics crucial to both genders as well as to the format of the conventional survey: the rise of the modern state, class formation, and the
impact of modern warfare. This study is equally successful as an introduction for the inquiring nonacademic reader.--The American Historical Review
"Reading A History of Their Own is a real pleasure. It is extremely well written and lively; it keeps the readers attention. The work succeeds in explaining material so that both the graduate and undergraduate can understand. I like the balance between real women's lives and the explanations
of the larger cultural ideas and practices that shaped women's lives. The work is also filled with details that truly give the reader a sense of the reality of women's lives."--Mary E. Chalmers, Kenyon College
"I have adopted this book for course use for about 4 or 5 years. There is really no other single work one can assign which does as many things as well. The writing is clear and interesting, the scholarly coverage broad and up-to-date, and the text is full of quotations from primary sources
which give it an authentic and lively feeling. Students have frequently commented on how much they enjoy reading it."-- Nancy Partner, McGill University
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