by Teresa A. Meade (Editor), Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Editor)
A Companion to Gender History surveys the history of women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. It contains both thematic essays, which demonstrate how gender has intersected with other historical topics, and chronological-geographic essays, which explore gender in one area of the world during a specific period. All the essays consider the importance of class, region, ethnicity, race, and religion to the formation of gendered societies. The book discusses family history, the history of the body and sexuality, and cultural history within an engendered political, economic, and social context. One of the key points to emerge from the volume as a whole is that no generalization about gender has applied to all times or all places. The contributions are written by scholars from across the English-speaking world and beyond, and includes academics from other disciplines as well as history.