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Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (New Approaches to European History #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  7 reviews
New edition of Merry Wiesner-Hanks' prize-winning survey of women and gender in early modern Europe. The updated edition features an entirely new chapter on gender and race in the colonial world; expanded coverage of eighteenth century developments including the Enlightenment; and enhanced discussions of masculinity, single women, same-sex relations, humanism, and women's ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 29th 1993)
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Leggendo questo libro, tutto ciò a cui riuscivo a pensare era: meno male che sono nata nell'Italia di fine Novecento. Se fossi nata nei secoli presi in considerazione del libro (che analizza la storia dal punto di vista della condizione della donna tra il 1500 e il 1750), sarei stata considerata un essere inferiore che doveva essere naturalmente sottomessa ad un uomo.

Grazie al credito di cui godeva quel simpaticone di Aristotele, si era giunti a una teorizzazione dell'inferiorità psicofisica del
Mary Rose
Amazing book, I used it a lot during my Patriarchy, Sex, and Gender in Early Modern Europe course. Wiesner-Hanks is nothing short of astounding with the way she relates the nuances of gender and the feminine experience in this historical period, highly recommended.
A seriously good undergraduate textbook: accessibly written and with a useful number of quotations from primary sources. The suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter are also mines of information. I decided to read this because I'll be teaching a course in early modern Japanese women's writing this spring and I wanted to be able to bring a comparative dimension to the classroom: the book was perfect for that purpose, too!

One caveat: the companion website (
E' stata una vera angoscia finire il capitolo sulla Religione - troppe digressioni e particolari inutili per quella che dovrebbe essere una panoramica.
A parte questo, il libro e' assolutamente valido e interessantissimo. A tratti pure divertente.
One of the most spectacular books I've ever been assigned for school. Great overview of subjects pertaining to women and gender in . . . early modern Europe! Really though, well worth the read and includes such an extensive bibliography that if I read only books referenced in this one, I'd probably be busy for the rest of my life. I'm going to buy my own copy. Just superb.
A survey of women and gender from about 1500-1800 in European society, including "New World" colonies. Superb breadth, depth, and clarity; a model of its genre.
Horrible, false and scary book.
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Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) taught first at Augustana College in Illinois, and since 1985 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is currently UWM Distinguished Professor in the department of history. She is the coeditor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of more than twenty books, most recently The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The G ...more
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