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Gender in History Global Perspectives

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-11-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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A concise yet comprehensive account of the roles and influences of gender over the millennia, featuring new and updated content throughout  

Gender in History: Global Perspectives, Third Edition, explores the construction and evolution of gender in many of the world’s cultures from the Paleolithic era to the COVID pandemic of the twenty-first century. Broad in geographic and topical scope, this comprehensive volume discusses the ways families, religions, social hierarchies, politics, work, education, art, sexuality, and other issues are linked to various conceptions of gender. 

Now organized chronologically rather than topically, this extensively revised edition presents a wealth of up-to-date information based on the scholarship of the last decade. New and expanded chapters offer insights on the connections between gender and key events and trends in world history, including domestication and the development of agriculture, the growth of cities and larger-scale political structures, the spread of world religions, changing ideas of race, class, and sexuality, colonialism and imperialism, capitalism, wars, revolutions, and more. Written by a distinguished scholar in the field of women's and gender history, this third edition of Gender in History: 

  • Examines how gender roles were shaped by family life, religious traditions, various other institutions, and how the institutions were influenced by gender 
  • Considers why gender variations developed in different cultures and in diverse social, ethnic, and racial groups within a single culture 
  • Addresses ideas in different cultures that shaped both informal societal norms and formalized laws 
  • Explores debates about the origins of patriarchy, the development of complex gender hierarchies, and contemporary movements for social change 
  • Discusses the gender implications of modern issues including the global pandemic and ongoing cultural and economic shifts 
  • Includes an accessible introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues and an instructor’s website site with visual and written original sources  

Gender in History: Global Perspectives, Third Edition, is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students in courses such as those on women’s history, women in world history, and gender in world history, and a valuable supplement for general survey courses within History and Women’s and Gender Studies programs. 

Author Biography

MERRY E. WIESNER-HANKS is Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. She is an esteemed historian whose work has been central to the integration of women, gender, and sexuality into the study of early modern Europe and World/Global History. She is the long-time Senior Editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and author or editor of thirty books and many articles that have been published in numerous languages.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Women’s and Gender History
World and Global History
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Difference and Intersectionality
Theory in History
Gender History as a Field
Structure of the Book

2. Ideas, Ideals, Norms, and Laws

The Nature and Roles of Men and Women
Motherhood and Fatherhood
Ideologies, Norms, and Laws Prescribing Gender Inequity
Ideologies of Egalitarianism

3. Early Human History (to 3000 BCE)

Early Hominids
Homo Sapiens
Paleolithic Society and Spirituality
Agricultural Societies
The Origins of Patriarchy

4. Ancient Cities and States (3000 BCE–500 BCE)

Cities and Social Hierarchies
Families and Households
Religions in the Ancient Near East
Hereditary Dynasties and Female Rulers

5. Classical Cultures (500 BCE–500 CE)

Family Life in the Classical Cultures of Eurasia
Sexuality in Classical Eurasia
Philosophy and Religion in East Asia: Confucianism and Daoism
Religious Traditions of South Asia: Hinduism and Buddhism
Religious Traditions in the Mediterranean: Christianity
Education and Culture

6. The Middle Millennium (500-1500)

Families, Households, and Kin in Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific
Religious Traditions Transmitted Orally
State Based Societies in the Americas
Courts and Courtly Culture
The Rise and Spread of Islam
Europe and the Mediterranean
Cities and the Gendering of Work

7. The Early Modern World (1500-1800)

Economic Developments
The Renaissance
Religious Transformations
Families and Race
Representations of Conquest and Colonialization
Women and Politics

8: The Modern World (1800-2020)

Nineteenth-century Movements for Social Change
Modern Sexuality
Wars, Revolutions, and Political Change
The Industrial and Post-Industrial Economy
Families in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
Cultural Changes in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

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