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From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume II
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MARILYN FRENCH’s views have always been unapologetically radical. Her work stresses that women’s suppression is an integral function of the male-dominated global culture, both on the domestic and international front.

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From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume II

The Masculine Mystique, From Feudalism to the French Revolution
Marilyn French

Foreword by Margaret Atwood

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 chapters comparing medieval Europe and Japan, disparate cultures which nevertheless shared traditions of male dominated aggression and competitiveness. French then shows how, in Europe, this tradition led to colonialism and imperialism, and the horrific subjugation of indigenous societies, just as women were subjugated in the conquerors' home countries. As French makes clear in this impassioned women's history, only with the French Revolution did the political force women exerted powerfully change the course of history.

"Filled with fascinating detail and powerful arguments, this second volume of French's massive and valuable work is an example of scholarship and clear vision."

Publishers Weekly

"French gives us grand theory at its best, wading through copious amounts of scholarly data on the histories of civilizations and offering up, in readable prose, an important synthesis. . . . Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries."

Library Journal

"No history you will read, post-French, will ever look the same again"

—Margaret Atwood

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