Marnie Hughes-Warrington

in The Oxford Handbook of World History

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235810
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191744051 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History


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This article examines the relationship between genders and world history studies. Gender is commonly held to be a neglected topic in world historical scholarship. We could point to the ever-growing body of scholarship that has outlined how gender is implicated in the full range of human activities. The relations that bind men and women, men and men, and women and women together in social, political, economic, and cultural activities are so fundamental a part of human experience that they cannot be glossed over, passed by or passed on as the province of specialist historians. The discussion argues that there is no shortage of writing on gender in world history. What is still lacking, however, is widespread awareness of the extent to which gender shapes world historical research, writing, and teaching, particularly works in which women are not mentioned.

Keywords: world history; gender issues; historical research; specialist historians

Article.  7318 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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