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The Women's History of the World

'The greatest story never told... the history of life, love and the whole damn thing' - The Times of London


'Rosalind Miles has rescued from obscurity women of astonishing ability, courage and determination. This is an exuberant book... an inspiration' - The Washington Post

'One of the best. It is detailed, witty, balanced and inexorable Splendid!' - A.S. Byatt, The London Evening Standard

'Since Miles looks back in anger, it is fortunate she also possesses a sense of humour. Her book has been written to alleviate a genuine injustice, the
ignoring of women's role in history. Such books must be written, and having been written, read '
- Antonia Fraser, The Sunday Times

'Vivacious, accessible, forthright and amusing' - The Daily Telegraph

'With her sharp and satirical feel for language, Miles sets light to some of history's enduring images and watches them crackle' - New Society


Why are women never in the history books? Men dominate history because they write it, and women's vital part in the shaping of the world has been
consistently undervalued or ignored. Rosalind Miles now offers a fundamental reappraisal that sets the record straight. Stunning in its scope and originality, the Women's History of the World challenges all previous world histories and shatters cherished illusions on every page.

Starting with women in pre-history, the author looks beyond the myth of 'Man the Hunter' to reveal women's central role in the survival and evolution of the human race. She follows their progress from the days when God was a woman through to the triumphs of the Amazons and Assyrian war queens: she looks at the rise of organised religion and the growing oppression of women: she charts the long slow struggle for women's rights culminating in the twentieth-century women's movements: and finally she presents a vision of women breaking free.

This brilliant and absorbing book turns the spotlight on the hidden side of history to present a fascinating new view of the world, overturning our preconceptions to restore women to their rightful place at the centre of the worldwide story of revolution, empire, war and peace. Spiced with tales of individual women who have shaped history, celebrating the work and lives of the unsung female millions, distinguished by a wealth of research, The Women's History of the World redefines the concept of historical reality.



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