Women in Western European History: A Select Chronological, Geographical, and Topical Bibliography - Vol. 1

Women in Western European History: A Select Chronological, Geographical, and Topical Bibliography - Vol. 1

Women in Western European History: A Select Chronological, Geographical, and Topical Bibliography - Vol. 1

Women in Western European History: A Select Chronological, Geographical, and Topical Bibliography - Vol. 1

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"All that has been written about women by men should be suspect, for the men are at once judge and party to the lawsuit."

Poulain de la Barre (1647-1723)

The problem that this quote highlights, the accuracy of the historical perception of women, haunts us today. The bias to which Poulain de la Barre refers still exists. Often neglected or underestimated, women's roles are now being uncovered or recovered. Fortunately, the recent efforts of greater numbers of historians and social scientists, men and women alike, have provided growing legitimacy to research about women. The spurt in publications on women's history reflects in part the increased interest in social history. The crucial place of women in that schema is undeniable. Our historical perception of women's roles is constantly changing, in part as a result of the fusion of interdisciplinary perspectives. New questions and methodologies provide insight into how ordinary people lived and died. These new perspectives do not discount traditional history, but stress research in areas heretofore neglected. Social history skillfully integrated into the standard divisions of the discipline provides a more informative view of the past and promotes a rethinking of some major issues.

Women's history is not without its problems. Traditionalists question its validity, branding it a pseudoscholarly offspring of the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Nevertheless, serious scholarship in the field abounds. The very interdisciplinary nature of the inquiry makes this scholarship difficult to locate. The plethora of historical and nonhistorical journals and anthologies, which continue to appear in large numbers, make the task of locating current research a formidable one.

With these problems in mind, this bibliography was planned to make available to the scholar and the nonspecialist recent and past research on . . .

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