New Publication: New Perspectives on European Women’s Legal History

This new addition to the  Routledge Research in Gender and History series will be of interest to many of our readers. Arranged in three parts, focusing on gender and family law, women in the legal professions and transnational and international intersections, it offers broad geographical and thematic coverage for a comparative perspective on women’s legal history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries:

New Perspectives on European Women’s Legal History, (Routledge, 2017)

This book integrates women’s history and legal studies within the broader context of modern European history in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Sixteen contributions from fourteen countries explore the ways in which the law contributes to the social construction of gender. They analyze questions of family law and international law and highlight the politics of gender in the legal professions in a variety of historical, social and national settings, including Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern and Central Europe. Focusing on different legal cultures, they show us the similarities and differences in the ways the law has shaped the contours of women and men’s lives in powerful ways. They also show how women have used legal knowledge to struggle for their equal rights on the national and transnational level. The chapters address the interconnectedness of the history of feminism, legislative reforms, and women’s citizenship, and build a foundation for a comparative vision of women’s legal history in modern Europe.

New Publication: Widows in European Economy and Society, 1600-1920

9781783271771_11Widows in European Economy and Society, (Boydell and Brewer, 2017)

This excellent new publication offers a fresh assessment of the role of widows in European society, tracing their economic activities across the early modern and modern world. Continue reading “New Publication: Widows in European Economy and Society, 1600-1920”

Leo Gershoy Award Winner 2016: Alexandra Shepard’s Accounting for Oneself:Worth, Status and the Social Order in Early Modern England

97801996007931Alexandra Shepard’s brilliant new book on the social order of early modern England Accounting for Oneself: Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015) has been announced as the Leo Gershoy Award winner for 2016.  Accounting for Oneself makes a major new contribution to the scholarship on gender and work through its re-examination of women’s relationship to property, gendered divisions of labour, and  early modern understandings of work. Examining over 13,500 witness statements made in English Church Courts between 1550 and 1728, this book examines how people from across the social spectrum assessed their place in the social order as well as how they supported themselves at different points in the lifecycle. Their testimony bears witness to the profound impact of widening social inequality that opened up a chasm between the middle ranks and the labouring poor between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. Continue reading “Leo Gershoy Award Winner 2016: Alexandra Shepard’s Accounting for Oneself:Worth, Status and the Social Order in Early Modern England”

New Publication: Making a Living, Making a Difference

9780190240615 Making a Living, Making a Difference Gender and Work in Early Modern European Society

Edited by Maria Agren (Oxford University Press, 2016)

This eagerly-awaited publication from the  Gender and Work Project Group at Uppsala University is now available! Written collectively by the project team, it showcases their pioneering work analysing thousands of descriptions of early modern people at work, offering important new perspectives on gender and everyday work in early modern society, including household, unpaid, and hidden labour. Continue reading “New Publication: Making a Living, Making a Difference”

LSE Assistant Professor in International History (History of Gender)

Department of International History

Assistant Professor in International History (History of Gender)

This appointment is due to commence on 1 September 2017

 The Department of International History is seeking to make an appointment in the history of gender since c. 1800 with a transnational or comparative perspective.  We are seeking exceptional candidates with outstanding research potential and a developing record of publications in gender history with a transnational or comparative perspective. Continue reading “LSE Assistant Professor in International History (History of Gender)”

CfP: Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World

Announcing a new series from Amsterdam University Press

 Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World



Series Editors: James Daybell (Chair), Plymouth University;Victoria Burke, University of Ottawa; Svante Norrhem, Lund University; and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

This series provides a forum for studies that investigate the themes of women and gender in the late medieval and early modern world.  The editors invite proposals for book-length studies of an interdisciplinary nature, including but not exclusively, from the fields of history, literature, art and architectural history, and visual and material culture.  Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. Chronologically, we welcome studies that look at the period between 1400 and 1700, with a focus on Britain, Europe and Global transnational histories. We invite proposals including, but not limited to, the following broad themes: methodologies, theories and meanings of gender; gender, power and political culture; monarchs, courts and power; construction of femininity and masculinities; gift-giving, diplomacy and the politics of exchange; gender and the politics of early modern archives and architectural spaces (court, salons, household); consumption and material culture; objects and gendered power; women’s writing; gendered patronage and power; gendered activities, behaviours, rituals and fashions.


For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at