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Gender: A World History

Susan Kingsley Kent

12 January 2021

ISBN: 9780190621988

168 pages

In Stock

New Oxford World History

Price: £18.99



This book treats the representations, everyday lives, and relationships of men and women from ancient times to the present day across the world. It shows how gender informed and was informed by such developments as the rise of patriarchy, universal religions, war, slavery, revolution, and imperialism. Gender is a phenomenon that appears in every place and at every historical moment; it is a fundamental means by which we understand ourselves, our societies, and the worlds in which we live.

  • A unique historical survey of an increasingly important topic, gender
  • Presents a history that is global in scope
  • Chronological organization allows readers to see how gender changes over time, affecting historical events, ideologies, and people

About the Author(s)

Susan Kingsley Kent, Arts & Sciences Professor of Distinction in the Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder

Susan Kingsley Kent is an Arts & Sciences Professor of Distinction in the Department of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of The Global 1930s (2017) with Marc Matera, A New History of Britain: Four Nations and an Empire (2016), and Queen Victoria: Gender and Empire (2016), among others.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: What is Gender?
    Chapter 1: Patriarchy in the Ancient World, 3000 BCE - 300 CE
    Chapter 2: The Gender Rules of New Universal Religions, 200-1000 CE
    Chapter 3: Gender and War in the Age of Global Interactions, 1000 - 1500
    Chapter 4: Gender and Slavery in the Age of Global Expansion, 1450-1750
    Chapter 5: Gender and the State in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850
    Chapter 6: Gender in the Age of Empires, 1815-1914
    Chapter 7: Gender Politics in the Twentieth Century
    Epilogue: Challenging Gender Identities
    Further Reading


"Its chronological breadth, diverse choice of topics, and affordable price make it a useful volume for those seeking a supplemental text for a world history survey course." - Melissa Franklin-Harkrider, Fides et Historia

"Like other books in the "New Oxford World History" series, this volume packs a lot of content into a few highly readable, short chapters ... scholars, teachers, and students of world history will no doubt find many insights to augment lectures or inspire research projects." - P. B. Guingona, CHOICE

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