Generations of Women Historians

Within and Beyond the Academy

  • Hilda L. Smith
  • Melinda S. Zook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Women and the Medieval and Early Modern Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Tim Stretton
      Pages 49-71
  3. Politics and Citizenship in Early Modern Britain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Melinda S. Zook
      Pages 115-135
    3. Lois G. Schwoerer
      Pages 137-156
  4. Women and Modern Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
  5. Alternate Paths to Historical Scholarship

  6. Conclusion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 309-320

About this book


This collection focuses on generations of early women historians, seeking to identify the intellectual milieu and professional realities that framed their lives. It moves beyond treating them as simply individuals and looks to the social and intellectual forces that encouraged them to study history and, at the same time, would often limit the reach and define the nature of their study.  

This collection of essays speaks to female practitioners of history over the past four centuries that published original histories, some within a university setting and some outside. By analysing the values these early women scholars faced, readers can understand the broader social values that led women historians to exist as a unit apart from the career path of their male colleagues.


scholars academics higher education pioneers gender

Editors and affiliations

  • Hilda L. Smith
    • 1
  • Melinda S. Zook
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OHUSA
  2. 2.Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette, INUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77567-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77568-5
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