Questions of Gender

Joanne Bailey argues that gender history is no faddish digression from the historical route, but an advanced tool of analysis that is here to stay.

Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden by Vrancke van der Stockt, c.1460.Are men from Mars and women from Venus? Not according to gender history. Gender history dismantles such stereotypes; it explores how the sexes have interacted with each other, but it does not stop at the door when men walk out of their house into the public world. In fact gender history is an indispensable means to understand how past cultures, societies, politics and economies functioned and flourished.

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