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History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism

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Written for everyone interested in women's and gender history, History Matters reaffirms the importance to feminist theory and activism of long-term historical perspectives. Judith M. Bennett, who has been commenting on developments in women's and gender history since the 1980s, argues that the achievement of a more feminist future relies on a rich, plausible, and well-inf ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published October 11th 2006 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published 2006)
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Siria
This short book, by a very distinguished medieval historian, argues that the study of the past—particularly the pre-modern past—is vital to the feminist movement. Judith Bennett believes that in the decades since the 1970s, historians who study women have become increasingly disconnected from those involved in the contemporary women's movement, to the detriment of both groups. There has been much more work done on women's history outside of North America and Western Europe, and indeed on the liv ...more
Monica
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historia, essays
Some fairly interesting essays on the topic of feminism in relation to history - however, this book is a general overview of the background of women's history/gender history rather than an in-depth study. It serves as a good introduction though!
J.P.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
It's a very short book & I guess it can be viewed as an introduction to the importance of understanding what it means to understand history much farther back than 200 years ago & what that means for trying to understand & present the history of women in various societies throughout the ages. Bennett explains what this means for scholarship, theory & ,to a small extent, activism. She makes it clear that this history is complex & not simply or solely filled with active intentions or attempts to op ...more
Yveva
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prof-dev-history
Great historiography of feminist histories and excellent footnotes with plenty of sources of future reading. Highly readable.

Blog posts with discussion (including one from Bennett): http://girlscholar.blogspot.com/2009/...

Bennett argues that the study of history is vital to feminist movement, and that by studying the distant past we can be better able to examine modern questions about the role of women.
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Arica
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this as an undergrad, but admittedly usually skimmed the pages before class and did not fully appreciate the amazing nuance and complexity Bennett makes in clear and eloquent arguments of the importance of history to the feminist movement and the importance of feminism in history. She has become one of my greatest academic role models as a medieval, feminist historian.
Shona
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a really clear and eloquent argument about the importance of history to the feminist movement, and the importance of feminism to history.
bookcasewalls
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
An interesting, nuanced book and hugely pleasurable to read. Stimulated lots of thoughts about 'doing' feminist history, and provided references to lots of other reading.
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