Women's History and Gender History: Aspects of an International Debate

TitleWomen's History and Gender History: Aspects of an International Debate
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsBock, Gisela
JournalGender & History
Volume1
Issue1
Pagination7 - 30
Date Published1989/03/01/
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"A few years ago [written in 1989], the question, 'Is there a history of women?' was far from being a rhetorical one. Traditional historiography has excluded women not only inadvertently, but sometimes programmatically from 'universal' or 'general' history. Meanwhile, the question has been answered in part by an expansion of research and by the impact, though still modest, which women's history and women historians have had on the historical profession. Some well-established historical journals in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Denmark have even risked the double step of dedicating issues to women's history and to a new generation of women historians. We have discovered that women's history has not only emerged in the last two decades, but that there has been a long tradition of female historians studying the history of women, a tradition which had been extinguished or pushed into the background by the academic establishment of the historical profession. The search for women's history has encouraged reflection on what such history could be, what implications it holds for the rest of historiography, and what its relationship to a truly general history should be, a history in which women and men equally have a place."

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0424.1989.tb00232.x/abstract
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Gisela Bock is a German historian. She studied in Freiburg, Berlin, Paris and Rome. She took her doctorate at the Free University Berlin in 1971.

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