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Chronological Table of Contents. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. Sex and Gender. Gender History and Theory. Structure of the Book. The Origins of Patriarchy. 2. The Family. Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (4000 bce?600 bce). The Classical Cultures of China, India, and the. Mediterranean (600 bce?500 ce). Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia in the. Premodern Era (600 bce?1600 ce). Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the. Mediterranean (500 ce?1600 ce). The Colonial World (1500 ce?1900 ce). The Industrial and Postindustrial World (1800 ce?2010 ce). 3. Economic Life. Foraging, Horticultural, and Herding Societies. (20,000 bce?1800 ce). Agricultural Societies (7000 bce?1800 ce). Slavery (7000 bce?1900 ce). Capitalism and Industrialism (1500 ce?2000 ce). Corporations, the State, and the Service Economy. (1900?2010) . 4. Ideas, Ideals, Norms, and Laws. The Nature and Roles of Men and Women. Binaries. Motherhood and Fatherhood. Ideologies, Norms, and Laws Prescribing Gender Inequity. Ideologies of Egalitarianism. 5. Religion. Animism, Shamanism, and Paganism (from 40,000 bce). Written Religions in the Ancient Near East (from 3000 bce). Confucianism and Taoism (from 600 bce). Hinduism and Buddhism (from 600 bce). Christianity (from 30 ce). Islam (from 600 ce). 6. Political Life. Kin Groups, Tribes, and Villages (from 10,000 bce). Hereditary Aristocracies (from 3000 bce). Warfare. Citizenship (500 bce?1800 ce). Women?s Rights Movements (1800 ce?2010 ce). Colonialism, Anticolonialism, and Postcolonialism. (1500 ce?2010 ce). 7. Education and Culture. Classical and Postclassical Cultures (600 bce?1450 ce). The Renaissance (1400?1600 ce). Democracy, Modernity, and Literacy (1750?2010 ce). 8. Sexuality. Classical Eurasia (600 bce?600 ce). The Americas (500 ce?1500 ce). Third Genders. The Colonial World: Sex and Race (1500?1900). Modern Sexuality in the West (1750?1950). The Globalized World (1950?2010). Afterword. Index.

About the Author

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is a Distinguished Professor of History and the Interim Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the co-editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of twenty books and numerous articles that have appeared in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. Her books include The Marvelous Hairy Girls (2009), Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2008) and, with Teresa Meade, A Companion to Gender History (Blackwell, 2004).


This wonderful little volume packs an impressive amountof research into 227 pages this text makes excellentaddition to an ancillary reading list for students who too oftenreceive a seriously abbreviated version of women s roles inhistory. (World History Connected, 1 February2013)

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