From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume II
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."
"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."
"No history you will read, post-French, will ever look the same again"
Also Of Interest
- From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume I
- Marilyn French
- From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume IV
- Marilyn French