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From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women in the World, Vol. 2 (From Eve to Dawn #2)

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The Masculine Mystique, the second volume of Marilyn French's monumental, readable, and unprecedented history of women, analyzes and evaluates the lives of women in societies around the world between feudal times and the French Revolution.

Drawing upon fifteen years of collaboration with a team of researchers and prominent historians, the volume opens with fascinating chapt
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published 2003)
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Chris
Jul 21, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
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While I found this volume to be just as rewarding to read as the first, I had some problems. They are listed below.

1. I don't understand the implication that King Phillip's War has the highest death total on American soil. The Civil War had more dead. I will admit that one can advocate that the effects, especially in terms of Native American population, were more far reaching. This section could have been a little clearer about what terms French was using in talking about the war.

2. The secti
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Lais Flores
Sep 02, 2016 Lais Flores rated it really liked it
In the second volume of this four volume series about women in history, French discusses feudalism in Europe and Japan and the European invasion of Africa and the Americas, thoroughly accounting the genocide and enslavement of indigenous populations in Latin America and the importation of enslaved men and women from Africa to the American continent. All the while, of course, focusing on the situation of women in each society.

To me, what left the deepest impression was the frank description of t
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Nutkin
Dec 23, 2012 Nutkin rated it it was ok
While interesting and well researched with lots of references & notes, this was still a bit dry and really just beat into one's head all the ways that women have been oppressed over this time period. There's a lot of information about the colonization of the "new world" including Mexico and central America, as well as how slavery affected both female slaves and the white women.
Emily
Mar 23, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
I stopped reading this after finding that it was just as disorganized and awkward to read from the first Volume. I heard good things about Volume IV, so I plan on reading that next. I'm skipping Volume III.
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She attended Hofstra University (then Hofstra College) where she also received a master's degree in English in 1964. She married Robert M. French Jr. in 1950; the couple divorced in 1967. She later attended Harvard University, earning a Ph.D in 1972. Years later she became an instructor at Hofstra University.

In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-domi
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Other Books in the Series

From Eve to Dawn (4 books)
  • From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women in the World, Vol. 1
  • From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women in the World, Vol. 3
  • From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women in the World, Vol. 4

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