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the guide to historical resources • Issue 8: Gender •


An old photo of druids at Stonehenge

Druids at Stonehenge c. 1905.

Photo courtesy of Wiltshire County Council Libraries and Heritage.

Book reviews

Reviews in History is an electronic publication which reviews and reappraises significant work in all fields of historical interest, covering the principal areas of the subject as taught in institutions of higher education. The reviews listed below relate to the study of gender in history.


Gender in History

by Merry Wiesner-Hanks
Review by Joanne Bailey
Merry Wiesner-Hanks's Response

Her Prospect Before Her. A History of Women in Western Europe

by Olwen Hufton
Review by Pat Thane
Olwen Hufton's Response

Worlds Between. Historical Perspectives on Gender and Class

by Leonore Davidoff
Review by Mary Chamberlain

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Women's history

The Militant Suffrage Movement. Citizenship and Resistance in Britain, 1860–1930

by Laura E. Nym Mayhall
Review by June Hannam
Laura E. Nym Mayhall's response

Public Lives: Women, Family and Society in Victorian Britain

by Eleanor Gordon and Gwyneth Nair
Review by Kathryn Gleadle
Eleanor Gordon's and Gwyneth Nair's response

When Gossips Meet: Women, Family and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England

by Bernard Capp
Review by Laura Gowing
Bernard Capp's response

Rural Women Workers in Nineteenth-Century England: Gender, Work and Wages

by Nicola Verdon
Review by Karen Sayer

Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia

by Wendy Z. Goldman
Review by Choi Chatterjee

Women of the Twelfth Century

by Georges Duby
(Translated by Jean Birrell)
Review by Ann J. Kettle

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Life history

A Woman's Place. An Oral History of Working-Class Women, 1890–1940

by Elizabeth Roberts
Review by Sally Alexander
Elizabeth Roberts's response

Letters of Medieval Women

by Anne Crawford (ed.)

Reading Families: Women's Literate Practice in Late Medieval England

by Rebecca Krug
Review by Ann J. Kettle

Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home and History and Late Colonial India

by Antoinette Burton

Family History

by Janaki Agnes Penelope Majumdar
Review by Sarah Ansari

The Remembrances of Elizabeth Freke, 1671–1714

by Raymond A. Anselment (ed.)
Review by Amy Louise Erickson

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Men's history

Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

by Alexandra Shepard
Review by Bernard Capp

From Boys to Men. Formations of Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe

by Ruth Mazo Karras
Review by John H. Arnold
Ruth Mazo Karras's response

The Image of Man: the Creation of Modern Masculinity

by George L. Mosse
Review by Joanna Bourke
George L. Mosse's response

Fashioning Masculinity. National Identity and Language in the Eighteenth Century

by Michèle Cohen
Review by Robert B. Shoemaker
Michèle Cohen's response

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Gay and lesbian history

Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia

by Dan Healey
Review by Daniel Beer
Dan Healey's response

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Cultural and social history

Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660–1800

by Joanne Bailey
Review by David Turner

Fashioning Adultery: Gender, Sex and Civility in England 1660–1740

by David Turner
Review by Seth Denbo
David Turner's response

Governing Pleasures: Pornography and Social Change in England, 1815–1914

by Lisa Sigel
Review by H. G. Cocks

The New Woman in Fiction and Fact: Fin de Siècle Feminisms

by Angelique Richardson and Chris Willis (eds.)
Review by Mary Elizabeth Tusan

Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai: a Social History, 1849–1949

by Christian Henriot
Review by Lars Laamann

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