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Paperback A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Book

ISBN: 0060914521

ISBN13: 9780060914523

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

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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... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Women's History

This is a wonderful resource book and frighteningly descriptive book on our female ancestors. I actually purchased this to replace my original copy which had been lost during a move. It goes back to very early history and how women were revered and considered strong and virtuous, to the decline and low value women attained in even our own current history. There is a sequel to this which touches more on the late 1800's to current time. I am ever amazed at the strength and spirit of women. Women have endured many unfair practices and have been the target of abuses of every kind from the earliest of times. The book illustrates not only the low notes, but the ways women have come back to secure themselves using the law and other means. A highly recommended book if one wishes to understand more about womenkind.

Women's work. women's history

This book about women in Europe from before recorded history until present took ten years for the authors (Bonnie S. Anderson and Judith P. Zinsser) to write. M's Anderson taught at Brooklyn College. M's Zinsser taught at Bryn Mawr College. Their ten years of work was very well spent in producing this detailed history book. If you read most history books, you'll notice very little is mentioned about what the women were doing at that particular point in time. What was it like to be a noblewoman and have your husband go off to war? What was the daily activity for a peasant's wife? What was labor and childbirth like for women of those times? Was there a Renaissance for women? Did the spread of Christianity hurt or help women?M's Anderson and M's Zinsser answer these questions and so much more in this well researched book. They detail the archaeological evidence that supports their writing, as well as various written works that provide a glimpse into women's lives hundreds of years ago. There are various pictures of artifacts, as well as artwork depicting women through out the years. There are many things I never thought about in regards to being a woman in the past. The fact that female children, for example, were breastfed for only a year while their brothers nursed for two years (thereby affording more protection against diseases) seems especially disheartening. The information about the noblewoman's life seems particularly sad in this day and age. Basically a daughter was used as property by her parents who wanted her to "marry well" - perhaps to form an alliance with a more powerful noble's family or to gain land. Some parents even went as far to beat their daughters into their marriages. Their life didn't become easier once they got married. The noblewoman would have to arrange for moving to different estates, supervise the staff and the laborers, figure out the taxes and the annual income among other tasks.Not exactly how it's portrayed in movies or books, is it? This is a book to read and ponder. All the aspects of a woman's life is covered in this compelling book - childbirth, contraception, religious practices are just some of the subjects this well organized book describes. M's Anderson and M's Zinsser makes the past come alive with their writing style. I recommend this book highly for those who want to learn more about the often overlooked history of women.

My Professor

Ms. Anderson was my professor in Brooklyn College, and she was great. Although I haven't read the book, I'm sure it's good stuff.

An excellent resource for feminists

I read this book several years ago and found it well-researched and informative. I am happy to see that it is still available. I recommend it highly to all who are interested in learning about women's roles in history. It's not just about dead white men!

Excellent book and easy to read..truly interesting!!

All women should read this book to understand how women have evolved into the roles we have today. It was a very revealing book for me; explaining the roles women have had over many centuries and how they relate to various time periods in history. Very interesting book!!!
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