Hey there, based on the Gender in World History class you took, are there any books you can recommend on the topic of gender and colonialism and the such? It sounds really interesting. Your blog is awesome by the way, my dash is always lively & informative with you and the ~misandry~ crew ;D
How, big question!
It’s not all books, some are extracts and such. But a really great easy book to begin with is Gender In World History by Peter Stearns, there are a series of themes in history books and this was one of them.
It’s not a huge book, it’s physically small, not a huge number of pages and spans a great number of different areas of history. It’s not as focused as many other books, sure, but it’s so easy to read. It’s very friendly if you haven’t read a lot of scholarly text before too, which tend to be …denser. This books really tries to make it an enjoyable read and is a great start.
I would also highly recommend Clive Ponting’s A Green History Of the World (I think he has released a new one called a New Green History). This book is … much less fun, it’s very long and it actually doesn’t focus on gender specifically at all. But when you realise that agriculture played a huge impact in the formation of patriarchal societies reading about the formation of those agricultural practices and other ways they changed culture is really interesting.
Well, it was for me. I have a strange obsession with the earliest examples of patriarchal societies and how they came to exist.
That book also deals with ideas of civilisation and ‘progress’, pervasive ideas which would later have a huge impact when they were used to justify colonialisation.
On the subject of colonialism and gender I would recommend
Women in World History volume 2 (although all the volumes are good), particularly chapter 5 titled: "Gender in the European colonization of the Americas".
Also Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World by Merry Weisner-Hanks, particularly chapter 5 simply called “Africa and Asia”.
This deals with the colonial expansion of Christianity and the devastating impact that had on existing cultures.
Also, Gendered Worlds by Judy Aulette had some great stuff. It’s more of a modern focus but it really can be used to aid an understanding of how women’s issues intersect and connect on a global scale. Very interesting
Some of these you can probably find online and I found them to be very interesting. I mean, there were more books I read there were books about all different areas of gendered issues but those are some stand-outs for me personally!