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Gender History in a Transnational Perspective: Networks, Biographies, Gender Orders

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Gender History in a Transnational Perspective

Networks, Biographies, Gender Orders

Edited by Oliver Janz and Daniel Schönpflug

296 pages, 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-274-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (April 2014)

eISBN 978-1-78238-275-1 eBook

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“This rich and varied collection of essays, tied together by the editors' clear explanatory rationale, provides much evidence to support Janz's and Schonpflug's claim that a transnational perspective opens new lines of inquiry and insights for historians of international women's and gender history.” · Women & Social Movements in the US

“This volume is an important contribution to the transnational implications of gender history and shows the variety of potential areas of activities, indicating how much work still needs to be done… This collection makes clear that previous definitions of transnational women’s history were too narrow and that far more perspectives can offer fruitful possibilities, going beyond the analysis of transnational institutions and their actors.” · H-Soz-Kult

“This collection of essays addresses important topics in the history of European feminisms. It goes beyond national histories to examine transnational contacts, comparisons, and transfers… The essays are by an interesting collection of authors, some already very well known in the field, and others promising junior scholars.” · Ann Taylor Allen, University of Louisville


Recent debates have used the concept of “transnational history” to broaden research on historical subjects that transcend national boundaries and encourage a shift away from official inter-state interactions to institutions, groups, and actors that have been obscured. This approach proves particularly fruitful for the dynamic field of global gender and women’s history. By looking at the restless lives and work of women’s activists in informal border-crossings, ephemeral NGOs, the lower management of established international organizations, and other global networks, this volume reflects the potential of a new perspective that allows for a more adequate analysis of transnational activities. By pointing out cultural hierarchies, the vicissitudes of translation and re-interpretation, and the ambiguity of intercultural exchange, this volume demonstrates the critical potential of transnational history. It allows us to see the limits of universalist and cosmopolitan claims so dear to many historical actors and historians.

Oliver Janz is Professor of Contemporary History at Freie Universität Berlin and has been Visiting Professor in Berne, Trento and Rome. He is editor-in-chief of 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. His recent publications include: Das symbolische Kapital der Trauer. Nation, Religion und Familie im italienischen Gefallenenkult des Ersten Weltkriegs (2009), Dolce Vita? Das Bild der italienischen Migranten in Deutschland (2011) and 14 - Der Große Krieg (2013).

Daniel Schönpflug is Vice Director of the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. His publications include Luise von Preußen. Königin der Herzen (2010) and Die Heiraten der Hohenzollern. Verwandtschaft, Ritual und Politik in Europa 1640-1918 (2013). In recognition of his commitment to Franco-German scholarly exchange, Daniel Schönpflug received the Gay-Lussay-Humboldt-Award in 2010.

Subject: Gender Studies and SexualityHistory (General)


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