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TOP BOOKS ON WOMEN'S HISTORY KEYWORDS:

In association with the 15th Berkshires Conference on the History of Women, Palgrave Macmillan, I. B. Tauris, Manchester University Press, and Zed Books would like to share our Top Books on Women's History.

Expanding on this year's conference theme of "Generations: Exploring Race, Sexuality, and Labor Across Time and Space," these titles will provide you with an in-depth analysis on the past, present, and future of the women's history movement.

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Palgrave Macmillan

Living with Jim Crow

African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South

This groundbreaking book collects black women’s personal recollections of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American...

"...This groundbreaking book collects black women’s personal recollections of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American.... This groundbreaking book collects black women’s personal recollections of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American South. Using first-person narratives, collected through oral history interviews, the book emphasizes women’s role in their fam..."

By Leslie Brown and Anne Valk

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Zed Books

Glamour

Women, History, Feminism

In this lavishly illustrated book, author Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to Madonna. She deftly unpacks the...

"...In this lavishly illustrated book, author Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to Madonna. She deftly unpacks the.... In this lavishly illustrated book, author..."

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Manchester University Press

Cold War Women

The International Activities of American Women's Organisations

For too long, American women have been hidden in the history of the Cold War. In Cold War Women, Helen Laville recovers their significance by examining the...

".... This fascinating study will be invaluable to those in the field of gender and women's history, cultural studies..."

Helen Laville

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I.B. Tauris

The Life and Times of Stella Browne

Feminist and Free Spirit

Stella Browne’s life was an experiment in new possibilities. Passionately committed to socialism, feminism and the rights of the indvidual, she promoted a...

"...in 1971 Keith Hindell and I wrote Abortion Law Reformed, a political history of their campaign, we..."

Lesly A. Hall

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Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book analyzes Black women’s involvement in American political life, focusing on what they did to gain political...

"..., this book analyzes Black women’s involvement in American political life, focusing on what they did..."

Duchess Harris

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Zed Books

Reclaiming the F Word

The New Feminist Movement

In today's "post-feminist" society, women and men are considered equal. For younger women and men, feminism is often portrayed as unfashionable and irrelevant....

"...In today's "post-feminist" society, women and men are considered equal. For younger women and men, feminism is often portrayed as unfashionable and irrelevant..... In today's "post-feminist" society, women and men are considered equal. For younger women and men, feminism is often portrayed..."

By Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune

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Manchester University Press

The Women's Suffrage Movement

New Feminist Perspectives

Available in paperback for the first time, this important collection of essays illustrates the complexity, richness and diversity of the suffrage...

"...there are reappraisals of two leading figures in the Pankhursts’ Women’s Social and Political Union..."

By Maroula Joannou and June Purvis

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Tauris Academic Studies

Arab-American Women's Writing and Performance

Orientalism, Race and the Idea of the Arabian Nights

The public image of Arabs in America has been radically affected by the "war on terror." But stereotypes of Arabs, manifested for instance in Orientalist...

"...light on Arab-American women’s negotiations of identity, this book will be indispensable for all those interested in the Arab-American world, American ethnic studies and race, as well as diaspora studies, women’s studies, literature, cultural studies and performance studies.. "This is one..."

Somaya Sami Sabry

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There is a large portion of young women in both U.S. and Mexican university classrooms today who do not self-identify as feminists. Hind makes steps to correct...

"...There is a large portion of young women in both U.S. and Mexican university classrooms today who do..."

Emily Hind

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Zed Books

Sex Slaves and Discourse Masters

The Construction of Trafficking

Why is the international community so concerned with the fate of prostitutes abroad? And why does the story of trafficking sound so familiar? In this...

"...? In this pioneering new book, Jo Doezema argues that the current concern with trafficking in women..."

Jo Doezema

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Palgrave Macmillan

Unassimilable Feminisms

Reappraising Feminist, Womanist, and Mestiza Identity Politics

In an important new book, Laura Gillman argues that in this post-identity politics era, identities can still yield reliable knowledge. Focusing on womanist and...

"...need to redefine identity politics in potentially transformative ways. I can’t wait to use this important book in my teaching!”—AnaLouise Keating, Professor of Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s..."

Laura Gillman

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Zed Books

Palestinian Women

Narrative Histories and Gendered Memory

Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women who witnessed the events...

"...Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women who witnessed the events.... Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women..."

Fatma Kassem

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Palgrave Macmillan

Gender, Mastery and Slavery

From European to Atlantic World Frontiers

Bill Foster's clear survey of this lively field provides a critical overview of current scholarship. Taking a thematic and comparative approach to fit with...

"...Bill Foster's clear survey of this lively field provides a critical overview of current scholarship. Taking a thematic and comparative approach to fit with.... Bill Foster's clear survey of this lively field provides a critical overview of current scholarship. Taking a thematic and comparative approach to fit with course needs, Foster couples case studies from the Americas with comparative perspectives from the ancient and medieval worlds, the Pacific and the Christian-Muslim slave front..."

W. H. Foster

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Zed Books

Gender and Migration

Feminist Intervention

Migration has become a key area of preoccupation for governments, international agencies and human rights activists the world over. This book argues, however,...

".... This book argues, however, that studies of migration have become too limited in scope, focusing only..."

By Ingrid Palmary, Erica Burman, Khatidja Chantler and Peace Kiguwa

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Palgrave Macmillan

Gender, Catholicism and Spirituality

Women and the Roman Catholic Church in Britain and Europe, 1200-1900

This timely collection of essays, from an international team of authors, spans a wide geographical and chronological spectrum and focuses on female...

"...to stimulate thought and debate." -- Claire Sahlin, Texas Woman's University..."

By Laurence Lux-Sterritt and Carmen Mangion

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Palgrave Macmillan

The Historical Study of Women

England 1500-1700

Designed for undergraduate use, this book contains a general chapter on the history and theory of women's history, followed by a section on the constructions...

"...Designed for undergraduate use, this book contains a general chapter on the history and theory of women's history, followed by a section on the constructions.... Designed for undergraduate use, this book contains a general chapter on the history and theory of women's history, followed by a section..."

Amanda Capern

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This A-Z reference work provides the first comprehensive reference guide to the wide range of women's historical writing, particularly since the Renaissance....

"..., broadening the concept of history to include the forms of writing with which women have historically engaged. The focus is on women writing in English internationally, but historical..."

By Mary Spongberg, Ann Curthoys and Barbara Caine

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During the nineteenth century, European women experienced dramatic and enduring changes in their familial, working and political lives. Breaking away from...

"...During the nineteenth century, European women experienced dramatic and enduring changes in their familial, working and political lives. Breaking away from.... During the nineteenth century, European women experienced dramatic and enduring changes in their familial, working and political lives. Breaking away from traditional categories, the authors of this book provide a sense of the variety..."

By Rachel Fuchs and Victoria Thompson

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Women's lives changed more in the twentieth century than in any previous century. It was a period of transformation, not only of the political realm, but also...

"...Women's lives changed more in the twentieth century than in any previous century. It was a period of transformation, not only of the political realm, but also.... Women's lives changed more..."

Prof. Ann Taylor Allen

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Rethinking the history of women's writing and literary history itself, this new volume examines the diversity of early women's writing (from verse and songs to...

"...Rethinking the history of women's writing and literary history itself, this new volume examines the diversity of early women's writing (from verse and songs to.... Rethinking the history of women's writing and literary history itself, this new volume examines the diversity of early women's writing..."

By Caroline Bicks and Jennifer Summit

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Palgrave Macmillan

The History of British Women's Writing, 1750-1830

Volume Five

This period witnessed the first full flowering of women's writing in Britain. This illuminating volume features leading scholars who draw upon the last 25...

"...This period witnessed the first full flowering of women's writing in Britain. This illuminating volume features leading scholars who draw upon the last 25.... This period witnessed the first full flowering of women's writing in Britain. This illuminating volume features leading scholars who draw upon the last 25 years of scholarship and textual recovery to demonstrate the literary and cultural significance of women in the period, discussing writers such as Austen, Wollstone..."

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Palgrave Macmillan

Elizabeth I

The Voice of a Monarch

This book focuses on the ways in which Elizabeth represented herself in her own words, especially in speeches, reported conversations, and private poems from...

"...Elizabeth’s place in the histories of gender, politics, religions, diplomacy—ultimately in history itself..."

Ilona Bell

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Palgrave Macmillan

Elizabeth of York

This book tells the story of the queen whose marriage to King Henry VII ended England’s Wars of the Roses and inaugurated the 118-year Tudor dynasty. Best...

"...This book tells the story of the queen whose marriage to King Henry VII ended England’s Wars of the Roses and inaugurated the 118-year Tudor dynasty. Best.... This book tells the story of the queen..."

Arlene Naylor Okerlund

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