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Women and Gender Studies Collection

Welcome to the Routledge Women and Gender Studies Collection.

To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th we have put together a selection of our forthcoming and key women and gender studies titles. Just click on the links on the left to view the books in that category. The diverse range of titles will ensure you are able to find what you need to further your own research or professional interests, challenge and support your students, or to provide essential reference materials for your institutional library.


  • The European Witch-Hunt

    1st Edition

    By Julian Goodare

    The European Witch-Hunt seeks to explain why thousands of people, mostly lower-class women, were deliberately tortured and killed in the name of religion and morality during three centuries of intermittent witch-hunting throughout Europe and North America. Combining perspectives from history,…

    Paperback – 2016-05-26

  • Women in Transnational History

    Connecting the Local and the Global, 1st Edition

    Edited by Clare Midgley, Alison Twells, Julie Carlier

    Women in Transnational History offers a range of fresh perspectives on the field of women’s history, exploring how cross-border connections and global developments since the nineteenth century have shaped diverse women’s lives and the gendered social, cultural, political and economic histories of…

    Paperback – 2016-05-05
    Women's and Gender History

  • Women in Medieval Europe 1200-1500

    2nd Edition

    By Jennifer Ward

    Women in Medieval Europe explores the key areas of female experience in the later medieval period, from peasant women to Queens. It considers the women of the later Middle Ages in the context of their social relationships during a time of changing opportunities and activities, so that by 1500 the…

    Paperback – 2016-03-24

  • Dynastic Colonialism

    Gender, Materiality and the Early Modern House of Orange-Nassau, 1st Edition

    By Susan Broomhall, Jacqueline Van Gent

    Dynastic Colonialism analyses how women and men employed objects in particular places across the world during the early modern period in order to achieve the remarkable expansion of the House of Orange-Nassau. Susan Broomhall and Jacqueline Van Gent explore how the House emerged as a leading force…

    Hardback – 2016-03-24
    Routledge Research in Early Modern History

  • Queen Victoria

    1st Edition

    By Paula Bartley

    Paula Bartley’s Queen Victoria examines Victorian Britain from the perspective of the Queen. Victoria’s personal and political actions are discussed in relation to contemporary shifts in Britain’s society, politics and culture, examining to what extent they did – or did not – influence events…

    Paperback – 2016-02-15
    Routledge Historical Biographies

  • Early Modern Dynastic Marriages and Cultural Transfer

    1st Edition

    Edited by Joan-Lluis Palos, Magdalena S. Sanchez

    Toward the end of the fifteenth century, the Habsburg family began to rely on dynastic marriage to unite an array of territories, eventually creating an empire as had not been seen in Europe since the Romans. Other European rulers followed the Habsburgs' lead in forging ties through dynastic…

    Hardback – 2015-12-16
    Transculturalisms, 1400-1700

  • Thatcher

    1st Edition

    By Graham Goodlad

    Thatcher provides an accessible and scholarly introduction to the personality and career of Britain’s first female political leader and the twentieth century’s longest serving Prime Minister. Providing a balanced narrative and assessment of one of the most significant figures of the post-war era,…

    Paperback – 2015-12-03
    Routledge Historical Biographies

  • Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder

    1st Edition

    By Susan Broomhall

    States of emotion were vital as a foundation to society in the premodern period, employed as a force of order to structure diplomatic transactions, shape dynastic and familial relationships, and align religious beliefs, practices and communities. At the same time, societies understood that…

    Hardback – 2015-11-10

  • The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe

    4th Edition

    By Brian P. Levack

    The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, now in its fourth edition, is the perfect resource for both students and scholars of the witch-hunts written by one of the leading names in the field. For those starting out in their studies of witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials, Brian Levack provides a…

    Paperback – 2015-10-05

  • Going to Market

    Women, Trade and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns, c. 1550-1650, 1st Edition

    By David Pennington

    Going to Market rethinks women’s contributions to the early modern commercial economy. A number of previous studies have focused on whether or not the early modern period closed occupational opportunities for women. By attending to women’s everyday business practices, and not merely to their…

    Hardback – 2015-09-28

  • Female Agency in the Urban Economy

    Gender in European Towns, 1640-1830, 1st Edition

    Edited by Deborah Simonton, Anne Montenach

    This innovative new book is overtly and explicitly about female agency in eighteenth-century European towns. However, it positions female activity and decisions unequivocally in an urban world of institutions, laws, regulations, customs and ideologies. Gender politics complicated and shaped the…

    Paperback – 2015-09-16
    Routledge Research in Gender and History

  • Harriet Tubman

    Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in the 19th Century, 1st Edition

    By Kristen T. Oertel

    Escaped slave, Civil War spy, scout, and nurse, and champion of women's suffrage, Harriet Tubman is an icon of heroism. Perhaps most famous for leading enslaved people to freedom through the Underground Railroad, Tubman was dubbed "Moses" by followers. But abolition and the close of the Civil War…

    Paperback – 2015-08-27
    Routledge Historical Americans

  • Belle La Follette

    Progressive Era Reformer, 1st Edition

    By Nancy C. Unger

    In 1931, the New York Times hailed Belle Case La Follette as "probably the least known yet most influential of all the American women who have had to do with public affairs." A dedicated advocate for women's suffrage, peace, and other causes, she served as a key advisor to her husband, leading…

    Paperback – 2015-08-10
    Routledge Historical Americans

  • Women, Diplomacy and International Politics since 1500

    1st Edition

    Edited by Glenda Sluga, Carolyn James

    Women, Diplomacy and International Politics since 1500 explores the role of women as agents of diplomacy in the trans-Atlantic world since the early modern age. Despite increasing evidence of their involvement in political life across the centuries, the core historical narrative of international…

    Paperback – 2015-06-23
    Women's and Gender History

  • The Witchcraft Sourcebook

    Second Edition, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Brian P. Levack

    The Witchcraft Sourcebook, now in its second edition, is a fascinating collection of documents that illustrates the development of ideas about witchcraft from ancient times to the eighteenth century. Many of the sources come from the period between 1400 and 1750, when more than 100,000 people -…

    Paperback – 2015-06-15

  • Women's Voices in Tudor Wills, 1485–1603

    Authority, Influence and Material Culture, 1st Edition

    By Susan E. James

    Contributing an original dimension to the significant body of published scholarship on women in 16th-century England, this study examines the largest corpus of women’s private writings available to historians: their wills. In these, female voices speak out, commenting on their daily lives, on…

    Hardback – 2015-05-08

  • Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France

    1st Edition

    By Cathy McClive

    Early modern bodies, particularly menstruating and pregnant bodies, were not stable signifiers. Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France presents the first full-length discussion of menstruation and its uncertain connections with embodied sex, gender and reproduction in early modern…

    Hardback – 2015-03-28

  • Spaces for Feeling

    Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850, 1st Edition

    Edited by Susan Broomhall

    Spaces for Feeling explores how English and Scottish people experienced sociabilities and socialities from 1650 to 1850, and investigates their operation through emotional practices and particular spaces. The collection highlights the forms, practices, and memberships of these varied spaces for…

    Paperback – 2015-03-19

  • Mary Lincoln

    Southern Girl, Northern Woman, 1st Edition

    By Stacy Pratt McDermott

    One of America’s most compelling First Ladies, Mary Lincoln possessed a unique vantage point on the events of her time, even as her experiences of the constraints of gender roles and the upheaval of the Civil War reflected those of many other women. The story of her life presents a microcosm…

    Paperback – 2015-01-23
    Routledge Historical Americans

  • Rethinking American Women's Activism

    1st Edition

    By Annelise Orleck

    In this enthralling narrative, Annelise Orleck chronicles the history of the American women's movement from the nineteenth century to the present. Starting with an incisive introduction that calls for a reconceptualization of American feminist history to encompass multiple streams of women's…

    Paperback – 2014-09-26
    American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century

  • Women and the Reinvention of the Political

    Feminism in Italy, 1968-1983, 1st Edition

    By Maud Anne Bracke

    This is the first in-depth study of the feminist movement that swept Italy during the "long 1970s" (1968-1983), and one of the first to use a combination of oral history interviews and newly-released archive sources to analyze the origins, themes, practices and impacts of "second-wave" feminism.…

    Hardback – 2014-07-17
    Routledge Research in Gender and History

  • Girls Growing Up in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

    1st Edition

    By Carol Dyhouse

    Girls learn about "femininity" from childhood onwards, first through their relationships in the family, and later from their teachers and peers. Using sources which vary from diaries to Inspector’s reports, this book studies the socialization of middle- and working-class girls in late Victorian and…

    Paperback – 2014-07-04
    Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

  • Invisible Stars

    A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting, 2nd Edition

    By Donna Halper

    Invisible Stars was the first book to recognize that women have always played an important part in American electronic media. The emphasis is on social history, as the author skillfully explains how the changing role of women in different eras influenced their participation in broadcasting. This is…

    Paperback – 2014-05-30

  • Mary Wollstonecraft

    An Annotated Bibliography, 1st Edition

    By Janet Todd

    First published in 1976, this was the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of Mary Wollstonecraft’s works and most of the critical and biographical comments on her in English written between 1788 and 1975. It is designed both as a research tool for scholars and students and as a revelation of…

    Paperback – 2014-04-10
    Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

  • Women in European Culture and Society

    A Sourcebook, 1st Edition

    Edited by Deborah Simonton

    Women in European Culture and Society: A Sourcebook includes a range of transnational sources which encompass the history of women in Europe from the beginning of the eighteenth century right up to the present day. Including documents from across Europe, from France and Germany to Estonia, Spain…

    Paperback – 2013-11-11

  • The French Revolution

    Faith, Desire and Politics, 1st Edition

    By Noah Shusterman

    The French Revolution was one of the greatest events in world history, filled with remarkable characters and dramatic events. From its beginning in 1789 to the Reign of Terror in 1793–94, and through the ups and downs of the Directory era that followed, the Revolution showed humanity at its…

    Hardback – 2013-10-07

  • Women's Activism

    Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, 1st Edition

    Edited by Francisca de Haan, Margaret Allen, June Purvis, Krassimira Daskalova

    Women’s Activism brings together twelve innovative contributions from feminist historians from around the world to look at how women have always found ways to challenge or fight inequalities and hierarchies as individuals, in international women’s organizations, as political leaders, and in global…

    Paperback – 2012-11-21
    Women's and Gender History

  • Groundswell

    Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America, 1st Edition

    By Stephanie Gilmore

    Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America offers an essential perspective on the post-1960 movement for women’s equality and liberation. Tracing the histories of feminist activism, through the National Organization of Women (NOW) chapters in three different locations: Memphis,…

    Paperback – 2012-10-03

  • Gender Relations in Early Modern England

    1st Edition

    By Laura Gowing

    This concise and accessible book explores the history of gender in England between 1500 and 1700. Amidst the political and religious disruptions of the Reformation and the Civil War, sexual difference and gender were matters of public debate and private contention. Laura Gowing provides unique…

    Paperback – 2012-05-03
    Seminar Studies

  • Entering the Picture

    Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jill Fields

    In 1970, Judy Chicago and fifteen students founded the groundbreaking Feminist Art Program (FAP) at Fresno State. Drawing upon the consciousness-raising techniques of the women's liberation movement, they created shocking new art forms depicting female experiences. Collaborative work and…

    Paperback – 2011-09-14
    New Directions in American History

  • Women in European Culture and Society

    Gender, Skill and Identity from 1700, 1st Edition

    By Deborah Simonton

    A new and major contribution to the field, Women in European Culture and Society is a transnational history of women in Europe from the beginning of the eighteenth century that pushes women’s history beyond national studies to create an integrated view of three hundred years of women in Europe.…

    Paperback – 2010-12-13

  • Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985

    1st Edition

    Edited by Kathleen A. Laughlin, Jacqueline Castledine

    Breaking the Wave is the first anthology of original essays by both younger and established scholars that takes a long view of feminist activism by systematically examining the dynamics of movement persistence during moments of reaction and backlash. Ranging from the "civic feminism" of white…

    Paperback – 2010-09-21
    New Directions in American History

  • The British Women's Suffrage Campaign 1866-1928

    Revised 2nd Edition, 2nd Edition

    By Harold L. Smith

    This Seminar Study was the first book to trace the British women’s suffrage campaign from its origins in the 1860s through to the achievement of equal suffrage in 1928.  In this second edition, Smith provides new evidence drawn from the author’s research on how the main post-…

    Paperback – 2009-11-26
    Seminar Studies

  • The Routledge History of Women in Europe since 1700

    1st Edition

    Edited by Deborah Simonton

    The Routledge History of Women in Europe since 1700 is a landmark publication that provides the most coherent overview of women’s role and place in western Europe, spanning the era from the beginning of the eighteenth century until the twentieth century. In this collection of essays, leading…

    Paperback – 2007-06-29
    Routledge Histories