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The Impact of Women's History On the Mainstream study of history.

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THE IMPACT OF WOMEN'S HISTORY ON THE MAINSTREAM STUDY OF HISTORY There is much strength to suggest that women's history has great value and great bearings on the broader scope of history. Women's history is a significant area of historical studies, which focuses on the value of women in history. Women were hidden from history and feminists questioned the male bias in history, they claimed that history was built around the ascendancy of the male since historical knowledge originated from a powerful group in British society. Feminists maintained that this type of history was not only inadequate but also inaccurate because it only portrayed partial view of the world. History is often written using such terminology as "man" instead of people, with the introduction of women's history, various history accounts has been rewrite to ensure non-sexist language with the intention of women's contributions and experiences fully integrated into the record of the past. Events that have occurred in the past cannot change example of this is Julius Caesar was assassinated, the second world war did take place, but historical interpretation of those events and peoples does change, historians develop new ways of looking at the past, alternative methods for examining evidence and undiscovered sources. Women's history is part of mainstream history. Historians except that is to a great extent in mainstream history that is questionable, certainly the fact that women were over looked and very few women pictured in Britain's history. ...read more.

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Tosh states that 'As a result of this and other work, the whole realm of the private-as distinct from the public world of conventional history is being brought within the scope of historical understanding'. According to Tosh 'it is with regard to the family that the impact of women's history on social history in general has been greatest'. A number of historian writers have begun to advance a framework for understanding the modern world, which deconstructs the traditional nation state in terms of inequality, gender and ethnic diversity. Gender history is fundamental to all historical analysis. The changes in feminist thinking were intent on researching and finding a usable past by documenting women in historical gain, achievement and experiences to accompany what was so Ridgeley left out of mainstream history. Women's historians in Britain is not only a radical purpose to uncover what was previously hidden from history but also to demonstrate historical experience of a predetermined kind in this case oppression and resistance to the exclusion of material that fits less neatly with the political programmer of the writer, As is stated by Tosh (2000). 'Women's history done more than any other recent radical innovation to modify the shape of the discipline' states Tosh (128 2000). Social or cultural historians suggests that political historians still look only at the queens among us and the women's culture is the concept of oppression often masked by the specificity of women's own understanding of their condition suggests Maynard & Purvis. ...read more.

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because of this it became unclear whether women's history would become one among many of the strands in the women's liberation movement, or transforming the dimensions of traditional history. Women's history developed from this prospective during the 1980s and 1990s to what it is today Tosh states three main aspects that characterized the way for comprehensive historical theory firstly women are no longer seen as a undifferentiated social category, secondly the notion of a uniform and constant oppression by men (in the form of patriarchy) and thirdly women's history has increasingly taken the history of men within its scope. Meaning that men are considered more in historical terms and is now a matter of investigation instead of just being taken for granted. It is fairly clear what feminism opposes in history. They oppose the oppression of women by men and the resulting inequality of the sexes. Despite the differences between various feminist perspectives most feminists welcome the reforms of the equality legislation package and the birth of women's history. Women appear to be more empowered than in the recent past in establishing a firm past. Women's history is the other half of traditional history that enables generations to view and be taught a more richer and fresher history that may one day be looked upon as a divided section of a new combined whole history that was once as unjust as slavery and apartheid. ...read more.

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