A History of Women in the West

TitleA History of Women in the West
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1993
Series EditorDuby, Georges, and Michelle Perrot
Number of Volumes5
PublisherHarvard University Press

Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day. Volume 1-5 cover the Ancient to an the modern period.

Volume I:  From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints,  ed. by Pauline Schmitt Pantel, Arthur Goldhammer, Georges Duby, and  Michelle Perrot.  1994, 600 pages  –  This first volume offers insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus.

Volume II: Silences of the Middle Ages, ed. by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Arthur Goldhammer, Georges Duby, and Michelle Perrot. Drawing on myriad sources, this second volume in the celebrated series offers new perspectives on women. 1998, 592 S. TDrawing on myriad sources—from the faint traces left by the rocking of a cradle at the site of an early medieval home to an antique illustration of Eve’s fall from grace—this second volume in the celebrated series offers new perspectives on women of the past. Twelve distinguished historians from many countries examine the image of women in the masculine mind, their social condition, and their daily experience from the demise of the Roman Empire to the genesis of the Italian Renaissance.

Volume III: Renaissance and the Enlightenment Paradoxes, ed. by Natalie Zemon Davis and Arlette Farge. 1995, 595 pages. – This third volume draws a richly detailed picture of women in early modern Europe, considering them in a context of work, marriage, and family. At the heart of this volume is “woman” as she appears in a wealth of representations, from simple woodcuts and popular literature to master paintings; and as the focal point of a debate—sometimes humorous, sometimes acrimonious—conducted in every field: letters, arts, philosophy, the sciences, and medicine. Women from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries emerge from these pages in remarkable diversity.

Volume IV: Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War, ed. by Geneviève Fraisse and Michelle Perrot. 1993, 652 pages. – The fourth volume of the series covers the period between the French Revolution and World War I. It gives us a vibrant picture of a bourgeois century, dynamic and expansive, in which the role of woman in the home was stressed, even as the economic pressures and opportunities of the industrial revolution drew her out of the house.

Volume V: Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century, ed. by Françoise Thébaud. 2000, 728 pages. – The fifth volume in the series brings the history of women up to the present, placing it in the context of momentous events and profound social changes that have marked our time.

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