Covering societies from classical times to the twenty-first century, Gender in World History is a fascinating exploration of what happens to established ideas about men, women, and gender roles when different cultural systems come into contact. The book breaks new ground to facilitate a consistent approach to gender in a world history context.
Now in its third edition, the book has been thoroughly updated, including:
expanded treatment of Africa under Islamic influence
expanded discussion of southeast Asia
a new chapter on contemporary Latin America
representations of individual women
engagement with recent work on gender history and theory.
With truly global coverage, this book enables students to understand how gender roles have varied across the world and over time, and the vital role of gender in structuring social and political relationships. Providing a succinct, current overview of the history of gender throughout the world, Gender in World History remains essential reading for students of world history.
Peter N. Stearns is Provost Emeritus and Professor of History at George Mason University. He is the author of many books, including World History: The Basics, and The Industrial Revolution in World History.
Introduction PART I Agricultural Societies 1 The Traditional Framework: Agriculture, Patriarchy, Civilizations 2 Early Contacts: Influences from cultural diversity 3 Buddhism and Chinese women 4 Islamic Standards Outside the Heartland: Changes and continuities in India and sub-Saharan Africa 5 The Chinese Influence Conclusion of Part I: Gender and contacts in agricultural societies PART II New Patterns of Contact, 1500-1900 6 Europeans and Native Americans 7 Men and Women amid British Imperialism in India 8 Western influences and regional reactions: Polynesia and Africa 9 Reform movements and gender: Beyond the colonial models Conclusion of Part II: Gender contact amid rising world trade PART III The Contemporary World 10 Immigration as culture contact 11 New international influences: Feminism and Marxism 12 Contact and retract: The Middle East in the contemporary era 13 Latin America: The role of contact in basic change 14 Global consumer culture: The question of impact 15 Globalization and resistance Conclusion of Part III: Gender and contacts in modern societies Epilogue Big picture: From patriarchy to new debate: the role of contacts in the evolution of gender