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A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume 1

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A groundbreaking and controversial history of European women-- the first to give an original and revolutionary view of women's past as defined by gender and role.
Paperback, 591 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1988)
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Chris
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Good and in depth history of women in Europe. Three stars, though, because some of the parts dealing with literature were incorrect. Aphrodite was not pro-Greek in the Trojan War, for instance.
Ronald Lett
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book should be on the shelf of every student of history. While it tends to reduce at times to a list of dry events, there are many invaluable and hard to find anecdotes that are seldom found in mainstream history tomes.
Carol
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a terrific book about the lives and circumstances that have too often been passed over as being not important or dull because there are no gallant knights, etc. It will make your blood boil at times and now I never use the term "rule of thumb" - the max diameter of a rod or stick used to hit one's wife was not to exceed the diameter of one's thumb. Very informative and a good read.
Cybele
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good, comprehensive history book for women. Read it 2x for various writing projects....
Lockyear
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great history of women's lives in Europe. If you aren't already, it will light your women's lib fires!
Ana
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First volume of an eye-opening history of the treatment of women in Europe.

Full of various accounts cobbled from official records and personal accounts alike, this is a fascinating book of how women have been (mis)treated in Europe through the ages. Honestly, to read this is to become enraged at what our fellow human beings have had to endure over the years simply for having been born with a vagina rather than a penis. Reading this makes one thankful that all our mothers, and grandmothers, and a
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Cristina
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent narrative history of women in Europe from the 8th through the 16th century. I especially liked the focus on "constants" vs. "exceptions" to women's lives geographically and chronologically.
Leah Cossette
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, women
A fascinating look at women's history. Very thorough and detailed, excellent for historical research. There were a few errors, but on the whole it got 4 stars because it was so informative.
Cheryl
I make a promise to myself to read at least 100 pages in every book I attempt, to give it a chance. I found the first 100 pages to be rather dry, academic, boring, and not particularly interesting. I wanted to find what I was reading interesting. I'm interested in learning more about the roles and treatment of women in Europe throughout history, which is why I picked up this book in the first place. 'A History of Their Own', unfortunately, left me wanting to skip ahead and find where it started ...more
Brideshead
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, feminism
Un libro serio y riguroso que trata de llenar las lagunas de la historia. La organización de los capítulos es original pero es muy adecuada para presentar las aportaciones de las mujeres a la historia y las dificultades que han encontrado.
Eugenia
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting for sure but a bit dated in its research and views.
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