A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume I by Bonnie S. AndersonA History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume I by Bonnie S. Anderson

A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume I

byBonnie S. Anderson, Judith P. Zinsser

Paperback | September 15, 1999

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This classic two-volume history is an exciting and revolutionary look at women's history from prehistoric times to the present. Its unique organization focuses on the developments, achievements, and changes in women's roles in society. Rather than examining women's history as an inevitableprogression of events along a strict timeline, this text is organized within a loose chronology, with chapters focusing on women's place and function in society. This revised edition provides a new introduction, an updated epilogue on women's lives in Europe since 1988, and a completely revisedbibliography that includes recent scholarship. A History of Their Own restores women to the historical record, brings their history into focus, and provides models of female action and heroism. Lively and engaging, this new edition takes readers on a fascinating journey through women's history andthe changing roles they have played. In addition it is an ideal text for general courses in women's studies and women's history and more specialized courses focusing on women in European history. Volume One covers women's history from the prehistoric period to the seventeenth century. It includes topics such as the treatment of and attitudes about women during earliest recorded history; the alternating forces of empowerment and subordination imposed on women by ancient religions and theemergence of Christianity; peasant women's daily experiences of childbirth, family life, and field labor; women's religious lives; and the contrast between the lives of noblewomen and the lives of townswomen in early modern Europe.
Bonnie S. Anderson is at CUNY Brooklyn College. Judith P. Zinsser is at Miami University.
Title:A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume IFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 1.42 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. Traditions Inherited: Attitudes About Women From the Centuries Before 800 A.D.1. Buried Traditions: The Question of Origins2. Inherited Traditions: The Principal Influences3. Traditions Subordinating Women4. Traditions Empowering Women5. The Effects of ChristianityII. Women of the Fields: Sustaining the Generations1. The Constants of the Peasant Women's World: The Ninth to the Twentieth Centuries2. Sustaining the Generations3. The Extraordinary4. What Remains of the Peasant Woman's WorldIII. Women of the Churches: The Power of the Faithful1. The Patterns of Power and Limitation: The Tenth to the Seventeenth Centuries:2. Authority Within the Institutional Church3. Authority Outside the Institutional Church4. Authority Given and Taken Away: The Protestant and Catholic Reformations5. Traditional Images Redrawn6. The Legacy of the Protestant ReformationIV. Women of the Castles and Manors: Custodians of Land and Lineage1. From Warrior's Life to Noblewomen: The Ninth to the Seventeenth Centuries2. Constants of the Noblewoman's Life3. Power and Vulnerability4. The New Flowering of Ancient TraditionsV. Women of the Walled Towns: Providers and Partners1. The Townswoman's Daily Life: The Twelfth to the Seventeenth Centuries2. Dangers and Remedies3. The World of Commercial Capitalism: The Thirteenth to Seventeenth Centuries4. The Invisible and Visible Bonds of MisogynyNotesBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

It’s not uncommon on any given day to hear someone refer casually to a societal convention as a ‘rule of thumb’The saying ‘rule of thumb’ is slowly falling out of fashion. its original meaning pertained to a medieval English law that stated no man could hit his women with a stick that was longer than his thumb. Which meant that he could batter her until she was black and blue as long as the instrument he used adhered to the rule. What else did women face from the dawn of man to the 17th century? Bonnie S. Anderson and Judith P. Zinsser tell it like it was in A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present, Volume I.

Editorial Reviews

"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 sourceswhich give it an authentic and lively feeling. Students have frequently commented on how much they enjoy reading it."-- Nancy Partner, McGill University