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 preOrigins 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.
From Eve to Dawn A History of Women in the World Vol 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 o
This first volume in the four volume work covers pre recorded history as well as ancient civilizations Greece, Rome, South America, and Sumer Because of this some of what French writes is guesswork or conjunction we cannot know how unhappy or miserable a marriage in ancient Greece was for instance and how much is a some number versus a few number But these are quibbles, and when French uses guess work it is obvious What is important is that the history book does balance the male focus history a [...]
I was first introduced to Marilyn French as an enthusiastic college student entering the world of radical feminism I came across references to The Women s Room repeatedly in my personal studies of feminist history and theory, and finally had to sit down and read it I read the book in less than a week, and it had an enormous impact on my feminism and overall politics When I heard Marilyn French had written a multi volume anthology on the history of women, I was intrigued While I can t say that I [...]
Wow This book is amazing to read It took me back to the beginning of the human race in Africa.The book made me realize that females have played a major part of life.We always hear about the men and how they fought wars, discovered new forms of things and how strong and brave they were and are today.We don t usually hear to much about the females It is funny cause we all came from one female in Africa.This book has opened my eyes to the world and our history in it, in a different and unique way.I [...]
This book, a cross cultural look at the place of women in societies from the Neolithic period to the end of the first millennium AD, was quite possibly the most depressing book I ve ever read.Which is kind of surprising, because I was already familiar with a lot of the individual subject areas being discussed, but hadn t really considered them in the aggregate The view you get when you do that is that regardless of how a society is organized, regardless of whether or not it s religious, regardle [...]
While the writing style is often awkward and the text isn t as organized as I d like, the information is fascinating I found the sections discussing Greece, Rome, and western religion the most intriguing, possibly because I already had a good foundation in these histories and cultures to form a baseline for putting her writing into context.
The sociological themes that French is able to link together are fascinating Volume 1 focuses primarily on the development of society, moving later onto recognizable historical events, but you can see so much of modern attitudes towards women and their place in society in how she describes the past I consider myself a pretty average consumer, in terms of literature I have no special training in history, sociology, literature, etc Outside of being a self aware female, I have no strong education [...]
Partial read of a huge nonfiction booky come back to read other bits later Read the first several chapters describing the possible clues to women s lives prior to the first big civilizations such those in Egypt and Greece I found the information really interesting and thought provoking, as it presented ideas of women being differently and centrally and powerfully in the world prior to the advent of an organized church military city state French clearly has an agenda, so I wasn t always sure how [...]
Marilyn French s history of women and patriarchy is exhaustive I greatly enjoyed reading through the first book, and to say I learned a lot is an understatement However, French s book would benefit from a slightly scholarly and documented writing style Often, the parts of the book I most wanted to research about lacked footnotes or direct citations That having been said, the writing style is definitely accessible and quite easy to read It is the sheer amount of information that may be overwhel [...]
This is the first book in a four book series chronicling the history of women from pre history to the present This book addresses pre history to around the beginning of the Common Era I found it very readable and interesting.Like any history book, so much of this book is speculation or best guesses about how people lived and why I would have liked to be able to discuss the book with French so I could hear other points of view, what the dominate theories are and the methodology used to reach her [...]
HERSTORY REVISITEDKaren OffenReview of From Eve to Dawn A History of Women in the WorldBy Marilyn FrenchThe Feminist Press at the City University of New YorkMarilyn French s fervently feminist novel The Woman s Room has sold 20 million copies since it was published in 1977, and its author, now nearing 80, remains as ardent as ever in her defense of women s rights In four ambitious volumes under the title From Eve to Dawn, she surveys world history from a staunchly feminist perspective Written du [...]
Incredible overview of hundreds of thousands of years of women in history, condensed into a slim volume the first of four From Eve to Dawn A History of Women in the World is an electrifying and provoking feminist read Fair warning it s not light reading, and is sure to get your blood boiling as you read about one indignity and injustice after another perpetuated against women.
I didn t finish this I thought some of the information was interesting but wished that this had been better, as I think that this information needs to be out there The author said she had to really revise her work a great deal so that it could be published Maybe I ll pick it up again later and give it another try.
fascinating depressing anger inducing can be highly reductionist, but how could it not be when you re trying to fit a history of half the world s population through all of human history i have never been grateful for my right to own property.
This book was fantabulous, if a little repetitive Now I have to do inter library loan to read the three other books in this series to get to present day.
This book gives an easy to read account of the early history of women It s the first time I ve read a history book just for pleasure and I found a lot of the information to be quite interesting.
A must Read for everywoman You will gain a new found desire to search out truths behind the social structure of the world , and what and who made it what it is today
HOLY SHIT this is blowing my MIND Readit.
Volumes 1 4 Great Thorough The last part, a little dated.
What an interesting book So women don t have maternal instincts Everything and anything maternal, girls learn from their mothers through their childhood and upbringing Makes sense.Learned many things from Marilyn French s book, a lot about men and about women and how it all started Living now and working in multinational country with all sorts of religions I found this book very useful, almost necessity And as always in M F s books absolutely adore her interpretations and explanations.4 stars on [...]
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