From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World: Origins: From Prehistory to the First Millennium

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The Feminist Press at CUNY, Apr 1, 2008 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Origins is the first of four volumes of a momental, readable, and unprecedented history of women throughout the world. The internationally celebrated author of The Women's Room, Marilyn French, spent over fifteen years with a team of researchers and prominent historians examining women's lives and activities in civilizations and societies spanning the ages.

Beginning in prehistory, Origins moves on to examine women's lives in ancient Egypt, China, India, Peru, Mexico, Greece, and Rome. In her reconstruction of wars, laws, and other activities affecting both women and men, French also traces the worldviews underpinning them. In accessible writing for a broad readership, three chapters depict how women's relationship to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam changed for good and bad over the centuries.
 

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French's history of women, originally published in Canada in 2003, takes the reader on a tour of the global subordination of women from prehistory to the present. In the foreword, Margaret Atwood ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PARENTS
19
THE MOTHERS
21
THE FATHERS
51
THE RISE OF THE STATE
67
STATE FORMATION IN PERU EGYPT AND SUMER
69
A SECULAR STATE CHINA
118
A RELIGIOUS STATE INDIA
143
JUDAISM
191
GREECE
204
ROME
223
CHRISTIANITY
237
ISLAM
257
GLOSSARY
297
NOTES
301
BIBLIOGRAPHY
325

A MILITARISTIC STATE MEXICO
165
AN ANALYSIS OF THE STATE
177
GOD GLORY AND DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
189

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Marilyn French (1929-2009) was born in New York. She received her PhD from Harvard and taught English at Hofstra, Harvard, and Holy Cross College. She is best known for her novels, The Women's Room and In the Name of Friendship, and her non-fiction works, including Beyond Power, The War against Women and her memoir, A Season in Hell.

Margaret Atwood's most popular works include The Handmaid's Tale (1983) and The Blind Assassin (2000). She was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1939, and received her undergraduate degree from Victoria University, along with a master's degree from Radcliffe College.

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