By Teresa A. Meade
A better half to Gender background surveys the heritage of girls worldwide, reports their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the position of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years. an intensive survey of the background of ladies all over the world, their interplay with males, and the position of gender in shaping human habit over hundreds of thousands of years. Discusses kinfolk background, the background of the physique and sexuality, and cultural historical past along women’s background and gender background. Considers the significance of sophistication, quarter, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies. comprises either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays. supplies due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the fashionable period. Written through students from around the English-speaking global and students for whom English isn't really their first language.
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Assyrian women could not own property, could not inherit, and generally assumed a “private,” rather than “public” role in society. Although less severe in its regulation of women than Assyria, Israel (1500–500 bce) also illustrates a society in which a high value placed on private property and the need to develop strong military defense against hostile neighbors and conquerors led to gender inequality. Military expertise contributed to men’s stronger position in society overall. Moreover, the division of labor in Hebrew society meant that although women farmed and contributed to the economic life of their families in numerous ways, only women without brothers could inherit and women were legally and economically subordinate to their husbands.
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A Companion to Gender History (Blackwell Companions to History) by Teresa A. Meade