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What is gender history?

By Aleysha Shergill - History Student @ St Hilda's College, Oxford


While many of us are familiar with the concept of socially constructed difference between men and women along the lines of gender - that is, the construction of masculinity and femininity - many students may feel overwhelmed by the multitude of approaches towards Gender History that abound in the historiography. Yet a chronological sweep of the developments that have occurred within the discipline will undoubtedly shed light on the many similarities and, indeed, differences in the way historians have deployed the concept of gender in their study of the past.