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Updated with new material to reflect the latest developments in the field, Gender in History: Global Perspectives, 2nd Edition, provides a concise overview of the construction of gender in world cultures from the Paleolithic era to modern times. Includes examples drawn from the most recent scholarship relating to a diverse range of cultures, from Ancient Mesopotamia to post-Soviet Russia, and from the Igbo of Nigeria, to the Iroquois of north eastern North America. Reflects new developments in the field with added coverage of primates, slavery, colonialism, masculinity, and transgender issues Features significant discussion of the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, an important trend in the study of world history Lays out key theoretical and methodological issues in an introduction that is written in accessible language Supplementary material for instructors and students available at

Author Biography

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsim-Milwaukee and the author of more than twenty books which have appeared in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Chinese.

Table of Contents

Chronological Table of Contentsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Sex and Genderp. 2
Gender History and Theoryp. 6
Structure of the Bookp. 11
The Origins of Patriarchyp. 13
The Familyp. 25
Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (4000 BCE-600 BCE)p. 27
The Classical Cultures of China, India, and the Mediterranean (600 BCE-500 CE)p. 29
Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia in the Premodern Era (600 BCE-1600 CE)p. 33
Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the Mediterranean (500 CE-1600 CE)p. 36
The Colonial World (1500-1900)p. 39
The Industrial and Postindustrial World (1800-2010)p. 45
Economic Lifep. 55
Foraging, Horticultural, and Herding Societies (20,000 BCE-1800 CE)p. 56
Agricultural Societies (7000 BCE-1800 CE)p. 60
Slavery (7000 BCE-1900 CE)p. 63
Capitalism and Industrialism (1500-2000)p. 65
Corporations, the State, and the Service Economy (1900-2010)p. 72
Ideas, Ideals, Norms, and Lawsp. 83
The Nature and Roles of Men and Womenp. 86
Binariesp. 91
Motherhood and Fatherhoodp. 95
Ideologies, Norms, and Laws Prescribing Gender Inequityp. 98
Ideologies of Egalitarianismp. 100
Religionp. 109
Animism, Shamanism, and Paganism (from 40,000 BCE)p. 110
Written Religious in the Ancient Near East (from 3000 BCE)p. 113
Confucianism and Taoism (from 600 BCE)p. 115
Hinduism and Buddhism (from 600 BCE)p. 117
Christianity (from 30 CE)p. 121
Islam (from 600 CE)p. 126
Political Lifep. 137
Kin Groups, Tribes, and Villages (from 10,000 BCE)p. 139
Hereditary Aristocracies (from 3000 BCE)p. 141
Warfarep. 147
Citizenship (500 BCE-1800 CE)p. 151
Women's Rights Movements (1800-2010)p. 155
Colonialism, Anticolonialism, and Postcolonialism (1500-2010)p. 158
Education and Culturep. 170
Classical and Postclassical Cultures (600 BCE-1450 CE)p. 174
The Renaissance (1400-1600)p. 178
Democracy, Modernity, and Literacy (1750-2010)p. 182
Sexualityp. 195
Classical Eurasia (600 BCE-600 CE)p. 199
The Americas (500 CE-1500 CE)p. 202
Third Gendersp. 204
The Colonial World: Sex and Race (1500-1900)p. 206
Modern Sexuality in the West (1750-1950)p. 209
The Globalized World (1950-2010)p. 214
Afterwordp. 224
Indexp. 228
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