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The Oxford Encyclopedia Of Women In World History - Editor-in-Chief Bonnie G. Smith

Author(s): Ajai R. Singh

Journal: Mens Sana Monographs
ISSN 0973-1229

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 199;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Women | Women's History | Book Review | Biography | Women's issues

This four volume hard bound elegant looking rather expensive set is a comprehensive record of women's history from prehistoric times to the modern day. It summarises and synthesises the social, political and historical movements that shaped and affected women through the centuries. It does this in the form of entries in history and geography, culture and society, biographies and gender studies, and movements and organisations.There are nearly 1250 entries and subentries, more than 600 articles along with 650 biographies by 900 scholars [only a sprinkling of them being men, making it a predominantly female bastion of scholarship], representing 50 countries from all over the globe, with more than 1.6 million words and 450 illustrations. An editorial board of scholars in women's and world history, with more than a dozen editors at Oxford University Press, worked to bring into fruition an idea that emerged with the start of the new millennium, in 2000 - to survey the history of women in the world. Not one country, not one culture, the whole world. That itself speaks for the breadth and sweep of the scholarship that has gone into this mammoth work. [This is the introduction. Read further at ].
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