In a social and cultural study of nineteenth-century bourgeois women in northern France, Bonnie Smith shows how the advent of industrialization removed women from the productive activity of the middle class and confined them to a largely reproductive experience. Out of this, she suggests, they created their own world, centered on domesticity, family, and religion. To understand these women, the author argues, it is necessary to examine their world on its own terms as a coherent whole. Professor Smith draws on demographic, psychoanalytic, anthropological, linguistic, as well as historical insights and uses a variety of evidence that includes personal interviews, photographs, letters, genealogical records, and traditional archival sources. Part One outlines the transition from mercantile to industrial manufacturing that terminated the relationship between home and business and that separated the sexes according to their respective functions. Part Two concentrates on the lives of the women following their acceptance of an exclusively reproductive function and shows how the interdependence and fusion of household chores, religious values, and social conscience fostered a unified cultural system. Part Three, then, explores the propagation of this domesticity by the convent, as the primary educational system, and by the sentimental novel, as the vehicle most suited for an ideological expression of domestic life.
Praised for its highly readable narrative and unmatched chronological integration of political, social and cultural history,The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures captures the spirit of each age as it situates Europe within a global context. An innovative organization seamlessly connects historical events and everyday life, while the text's distinctive features introduce students to the process of historical thinking. The fully revised second edition includes superior student support, 60 additional in-text primary sources, and comprehensive treatment of the post-1945 era.
The Making of the West, Peoples and Cultures: A Concise History (Combined Edition-Volume I & II, 4th Edition)by Barbara H. Rosenwein Bonnie G. Smith Lynn Hunt Thomas R. Martin
With a chronological narrative that offers a truly global context, The Making of the West: A Concise History tells the story of the cross-cultural exchanges that have shaped Western history.
The history of the West includes many different peoples and cultures. It is a sustained story of the West's development in a broad, global context that reveals the cross-cultural interactions fundamental to the shaping of Western politics, societies, cultures, and economies.
Following in the footsteps of The World in Ancient Time, The Medieval & Early Modern World is a compelling series that links the ancient world with the more recent history of our own times. Accessible and enjoyable in its coverage of basic world events, each volume is authored by senior scholars and includes cutting-edge and reliable scholarship about each subject. This seven-volume set includes three volumes covering the major cultures -- the Middle East, Mali and Ghana; the Asian Steppes, China, Japan, India; Europe and Meso-America -- in medieval times. The fourth volume discusses the world renaissance in learning and religious belief and the fifth volume covers the world of science and revolutions. The six volume addresses the early modern empires of the Mughals, Spanish and Portuguese, Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Habsburgs, Ottomans, and Manchus. A primary sources and reference volume is the perfect compliment to the series including a master series index and approximately 80 additional primary source documents. The Medieval and Early Modern World is a unique and engaging series and an essential for the classroom, library, and personal library.
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