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Winner of the 2002 Berkshire Prize, presented by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Fabricating Women examines the social institution of the seamstresses' guild in France from the time of Louis XIV to the Revolution. In contrast with previous scholarship on women and gender in the early modern period, Clare Haru Crowston asserts that the rise of the absolute state, with its centralizing and unifying tendencies, could actually increase women's economic, social, and legal opportunities and allow them to thrive in corporate organizations such as the guild. Yet Crowston also reveals paradoxical consequences of the guild's success, such as how its growing membership and visibility ultimately fostered an essentialized femininity that was tied to fashion and appearances. Situating the seamstresses' guild as both an economic and political institution, Crowston explores in particular its relationship with the all-male tailors' guild, which had dominated the clothing fabrication trade in France until women challenged this monopoly during the seventeenth century. Combining archival evidence with visual images, technical literature, philosophical treatises, and fashion journals, she also investigates the techniques the seamstresses used to make and sell clothing, how the garments reflected and shaped modern conceptions of femininity, and guild officials' interactions with royal and municipal authorities. Finally, by offering a revealing portrait of these women's private lives--explaining, for instance, how many seamstresses went beyond traditional female boundaries by choosing to remain single and establish their own households--Crowston challenges existing ideas about women's work and family in early modern Europe. Although clothing lay at the heart of French economic production, social distinction, and cultural identity, Fabricating Women is the first book to investigate this immense and archetypal female guild in depth. It will be welcomed by students and scholars of French and European history, women's and labor history, fashion and technology, and early modern political economy.
A History of Western Societyremains the most popular AP European history textbook available because it captures students' interest in the everyday life of the past and ties social history to the broad sweep of politics and culture. The tenth edition has been thoroughly revised to strengthen the text's readability, heighten its attention to daily life, and incorporate the insights of new scholarship, including a strengthened treatment of European exploration and a thoroughly revised post-1945 section. With a dynamic new design, new special features on visual evidence, and a completely revised and robust companion reader, this significant revision will help AP students master the concepts and content of European history.
A History of Western Society continues to capture the attention of AP European history students because it recreates the lives of ordinary people and makes history memorable. The eleventh edition continues to tie social history to the broad sweep of politics and culture, heightening its attention to daily life, and aligning perfectly to the AP European course. With its unique AP-specific features and resources, and a variety of new digital tools, A History of Western Society helps AP students master the concepts and content of European history, whether in print or online.
A History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it. Now published by Bedford/St. Martin's, and informed by the latest scholarship, the book has been thoroughly revised with students in mind to meet the needs of the evolving course. Proven to work in the classroom, the book's regional and comparative approach helps students understand the connections of global history while providing a manageable organization. With more global connections and comparisons, more documents, special features and activities that teach historical analysis, and an entirely new look, the ninth edition is the most teachable and accessible edition yet. Test drive a chapter today. Find out how. Download samples of Chapter 12 and Chapter 16. Or, read the preface.
A History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it.
Long praised by instructors and students for its accessible regional chapter structure, readability, and sustained attention to social history, the tenth edition of A History of World Societies includes even more built-in tools to engage today's students and save instructors time. This edition features thoroughly revised chapters by new author and Latin American specialist Jerry Dávila, an expanded primary source program in the text and online, and the best and latest scholarship throughout.
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