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Redemption and Revolution
American and Chinese New Women in the Early Twentieth Century
Motoe Sasaki
In the early twentieth century, a good number of college-educated Protestant American women went abroad by taking up missionary careers in teaching, nursing, and medicine. Motoe Sasaki's transnational history of these New Women explores the intersections of gender, modernity, and national identity within the politics of world history.

Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844)
A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality
Heinrich Kaan
Heinrich Kaan's fascinating work—part medical treatise, part sexual taxonomy, part activist statement, and part anti-onanist tract—takes us back to the origins of sexology.

A New Moral Vision
Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917
Andrea L. Turpin
In A New Moral Vision, Andrea L. Turpin explores how the entrance of women into U.S. colleges and universities shaped changing ideas about the moral and religious purposes of higher education in unexpected ways, and in turn profoundly shaped American culture.

Too Few Women at the Top
The Persistence of Inequality in Japan
Kumiko Nemoto
In Too Few Women at the Top, Kumiko Nemoto draws on theoretical insights regarding Japan's coordinated capitalism and institutional stasis to challenge claims that the surge in women’s education and employment will logically lead to the decline of gender inequality and eventually improve women’s status in the Japanese workplace. 

Our Unions, Our Selves
The Rise of Feminist Labor Unions in Japan
Anne Zacharias-Walsh
In Our Unions, Our Selves, Anne Zacharias-Walsh provides an in-depth look at the rise of women-only unions in Japan, an organizational analysis of the challenges these new unions face in practice, and a firsthand account of an ambitious, occasionally contentious, and ultimately successful international solidarity project.

Rape during Civil War
Dara Kay Cohen
Rape is common during wartime, but even within the context of the same war, some armed groups perpetrate rape on a massive scale while others never do. In Rape during Civil War Dara Kay Cohen examines variation in the severity and perpetrators of rape using an original dataset of reported rape during all major civil wars from 1980 to 2012.

Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome
Sexuality, Identity, and Community in Early Modern Europe
Gary Ferguson
Emphasizing the instability of marriage in premodern Europe, Ferguson argues that same-sex unions should be considered part of the institution's complex and contested history.

Constructive Feminism
Women's Spaces and Women's Rights in the American City
Daphne Spain
In Constructive Feminism, Daphne Spain examines the deliberate and unintended spatial consequences of feminism's second wave, a social movement dedicated to reconfiguring power relations between women and men.

The Devil's Chain
Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland
Keely Stauter-Halsted
The Devil's Chain is the first book to examine the world of commercial sex throughout the partitioned Polish territories, uncovering a previously hidden conversation about sexuality, gender propriety, and social class.

Buttoned Up
Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity
Erynn Masi de Casanova
In Buttoned Up, based on interviews with dozens of men in three U.S. cities with distinct local dress cultures—New York, San Francisco, and Cincinnati—Erynn Masi de Casanova asks what it means to wear the white collar now.

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