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Generations of Women Historians

Within and Beyond the Academy

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  • Focuses on the social and intellectual lives of early women historians from 1890-1970, to assess what encouraged them to study history
  • Considers women who worked on the outskirts of the profession, as well as those women working within universities or who wrote popular works
  • Provides a close analysis of women historians' lives and works, utilizing surviving manuscripts from their personal and professional papers

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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.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Women and the Medieval and Early Modern Economy

  2. Politics and Citizenship in Early Modern Britain

  3. Women and Modern Politics

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

    Hilda L. Smith

  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

    Melinda S. Zook

About the editors

Hilda L. Smith is Emerita Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

Melinda S. Zook is Professor of History at Purdue University, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Generations of Women Historians

  • Book Subtitle: Within and Beyond the Academy

  • Editors: Hilda L. Smith, Melinda S. Zook

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-77567-8Published: 26 July 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-08482-0Published: 21 December 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-77568-5Published: 11 July 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 320

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Cultural History, History of Education, Women's Studies, Social History, World History, Global and Transnational History

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