Women's Education in Early Modern Europe: A History, 1500-1800

Women's Education in Early Modern Europe: A History, 1500-1800

Women's Education in Early Modern Europe: A History, 1500-1800

Women's Education in Early Modern Europe: A History, 1500-1800

Synopsis

Women were long excluded from traditional histories by definitions of historical subject matter from the man's perspective. In the same way women have been excluded from the early modern history of education by definitions of education as only what occurred in schools and universities. This collection of essays broadens the definition of education, incorporating informal, vocational, domestic, and social education, along with formal education to allow women's training and learning to be fully studied. Eight contributions, written by scholars in a number of fields, include discussion of midwifery, needlepoint, and domestic skills, as well as formal convent or boarding school training.

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Garland’s Studies in the History of Education series includes not only volumes on the history of American and Western education, but also on the history of the development of education in non-Western societies. A major goal of this series is to provide new interpretations of educational history that are based on the best recent scholarship; each volume will provide an original analysis and interpretation of the topic under consideration. A wide variety of methodological approaches from the traditional to the innovative are used. In addition, this series especially welcomes studies that focus not only on schools but also on education as defined by Harvard historian Bernard Bailyn: “the transmission of culture across generations.”

The major criteria for inclusion are (a) a manscript of the highest quality, and (b) a topic of importance to understanding the field. The editor is open to readers’ suggestions and looks forward to a long-term dialogue with them on the future direction of the series.

Edward R. Beauchamp

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