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Men dominate history because they write it. This book offers a reappraisal which aims to re-establish women's importance at the centre of the worldwide history of revolution, empire, war and peace. As well as looking at the influence of ordinary women, it looks at those who have shaped history.
About the author
Rosalind Miles is the author of The Women’s History of the World, which has been translated into 26 different languages. She has published 23 books of fiction and non-fiction, including social and critical commentaries, and a series of bestselling historical novels, most notably the internationally acclaimed I, Elizabeth, the story of Queen Elizabeth I. She is married to a fellow-writer, historian Robin Cross, and lives in Kent.
A woman led the storming of the Bastille; in fact, women in the French Revolution played prominent roles as agitators, revolutionaries and intellectuals. Yet history books written by men, as Miles ( The Fiction of Sex , etc.) observes, generally omit or downplay women's contributions. Providing a valuable counterbalance to conventional chronicles, this world history from a feminist perspective is eminently readable, provocative and full of fresh insights. Miles traces the decline of women's status, from the fall of the Great Mother cult, which flourished for perhaps 40,000 years, to the 20th century-mass media's role as an instrument of dominance, ``keeping women in line and training them to be everything a regular guy could ever hope for.'' She believes it is no coincidence that the witchcraft hysteria that swept medieval Europe paralleled an upsurge of women's political power. While making no pretense at comprehensiveness, Miles gives full play to the contemporary struggle for women's rights and the double burden women face as domestic nurturers and workers. Author tour.