Higher Education

Lives and Voices: Sources in European Women's History, 1st Edition

  • Lisa DiCaprio City College of New York, CUNY
  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA
  • ISBN-10: 0395970520  |  ISBN-13: 9780395970522
  • 656 Pages
  • © 2001 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $102.00



This unique reader presents primary source documents that offer insights into women's lives throughout the course of European history. Each chapter augments its readings with chapter introductions, section introductions, headnotes, and review questions.

Table of Contents

1. The Ancient Mediterranean and West Asia (2300 B.C.E.-500 B.C.E.)
Women in Creation Accounts
Women's Religious and Spiritual Activities
Marriage and Family Life
2. The Greek World (600 B.C.E.-200 C.E.)
The State and the Household in Classical Athens
Religious Life and Rituals
Medical and Anatomical Ideas
3. The Roman World (Fifth Century B.C.E- Sixth Century C.E.)
Women's Legal Position
Idealized Wives and Mothers
4. The Early and High Middle Ages (Fifth-Fourteenth Centuries)
Marriage and the Household Economy
Exceptional Women
Ideas About Women
5. The Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Fourteenth-Sixtheenth Centuries)
Religion and Family
The Household Economy
Women's Nature and Education in the Renaissance
6. Early Modern Social and Economic Developments (1500-1750)
Marriage and Family Life
Control of Women's Tongues and Bodies
7. Early Modern Religious and Intellectual Developments (1500-1800)
The Protestant and Catholic Reformations
Women's Rule and Rights
The Enlightenment
8. The French Revolution, Industrialization, and Midcentury Working-Class Movements
The French Revolution
The Napoleonic Code and Utopian Socialist Critiques of Marriage and the Family
Women and Industrialization
Women and Midcentury Movements for Democratic and Economic Rights
9. Women and the Development of Bourgeois Society, Politics, and Culture
National Democratic Struggles
Philanthropy, Charity, and Social Reform
Women and Colonialism
Women Artists and Bourgeois Culture
10. The Development of Bourgeois and Working-Class Feminism
New Careers in Medicine and Science
Critiques of Marriage, Sexual Norms, and Women's Fashion
Mass, Socialist Parties, Trade Unions, and Protective Legislation
Suffrage Movements on the Eve of World War I
11. World War I and the Russian Revolution
World War I and the Homefront
The Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917
12. The Interwar Period
The German Revolution and the Weimar Republic
Women and Modernism in the Interwar Period
Women and Soviet Socialist Construction
The Great Depression
Women and Fascist Leagues in France
13. Women and Fascism, World War II, and the Holocaust
Fascist Family, Work, and Racial Policies
Interwar Debates on War and Peace
Women and the Holocaust
Women and the Resistance
The Homefront in Britain and the Soviet Union
14. Women and Postwar Europe, 1945-1980
Family Allowances ct and the British Welfare State
Women and the Algerian War
Women's Movements of the 1960s and 1970s in Western Europe
15. The 1980s to the Present
The End of Postwar Consensus
Peace and Ecology Movements
Women in Eastern Europe
Women and the New Multicultural Europe
Women and the War in Bosnia
Women and the United Nations

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.