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Connecting Spheres

European Women in a Globalizing World, 1500 to the Present

Second Edition

Marilyn J. Boxer and Jean H. Quataert
Foreword by Joan W. Scott

Publication Date - November 1999

ISBN: 9780195109511

352 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


In Connecting Spheres, Boxer and Quataert, along with an array of eminent contributors, examine the social history of women within western civilization over the past 500 years. Expanded and updated, this new edition addresses both long-standing and more recent issues which have affected women's lives in modern Europe. These topics include the role of women in public versus private spheres; changes in family life in post-communist Eastern Europe; the impact of religion on the lives of women; the growth of the prostitution sector; the rise of feminism and anti-feminism; and the part female sexuality has played impacting women's roles in social and political life. New essays and new, broader general and section introduction by the authors make this text as appropriate and applicable to general survey studies of modern European history as it is for women's history courses.

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 1987


Praise for the previous edition:

"It supplements our male-oriented Western civilization text very well. [The] articles are terrific!" -- Marcelline Hutton, Hamilton College

"This book adds what many others lack: background essays which are highly readable and intelligent. The articles are well written and bring the latest research into the grasp of undergraduates. Some of the best social history to be found -- the book is carefully and intelligently presented, and above all, geared to interest students." -- Daryl M. Hafter, Eastern Michigan University

"A good scholarly blending of themes of women's history into the themes of Western civilization." -- Donald P. King, Whitman College