Women: A World History

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Women: A World History

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Women: A World History was written for students in world history, women’s history, introductory sociology and anthropology courses, and women’s studies courses. It is also a helpful and engaging guide for the general reader who wants to understand why “women’s history” exists and how it expands traditional thinking about the past. Historian Pamela McVay explores the evolving roles of women in all parts of the world and focuses on issues particularly important in women’s lives such as lineage, family structure, and rules regarding marriage and sexuality. The book supplements core textbooks and monographs and course packs, and includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.

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Women: A World History tells the story of  women’s contributions to world history as well as demonstrating why and how “women’s history” expands traditional thinking about the past. It was written for students but is an eye-opening introduction for anyone who wants to understand women in history. McVay first introduces earlier eras before moving to the modern (post-1500 CE) era. She explores the ways women impacted and were impacted by global processes such as the Triangle Trade, Imperialism, Industrialization. At the same time, she demonstrates how these processes were filtered through social constraints imposed by family structure, gender ideology, social hierarchy, and institutions. First written as a ​companion text for students in world history, women’s history, women’s studies courses, and introductory courses in sociology and anthropology, the book supplements core textbooks, monographs and course packs, and includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.

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