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'It is... impressive that Stearns provides a concise, readable overview of the topic from the beginning of settled agriculture to the 21st century and covers most areas of the world without sacrificing nuance or oversimplifying his subject. This book synthesizes a large body of secondary literature using a fresh, interesting approach...He is careful to emphasize that no single statement about sexuality can truly encompass the full range of human experience, but he offers a thoughtful analysis of the major trends over time. An excellent introduction to a large and growing body of scholarship.' Choice (Outstanding title)

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Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University. He is co- author of Premodern Travel in World History (2008), and author of Gender in World History (2nd edition 2006), Consumerism in World History (2nd edition 2006), Childhood in World History (2005), and Western Civilization in World History (2003), all in this series. His other recent publications include The Global Experience (2005) and World History in Brief (2007).


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Excellent. 22 Feb 2014
By William R. Toddmancillas - Published on Amazon.com
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Mercy but Peter Stearns is prolific. Not only that, but his works are well written and informative. This little book explains clearly how since the beginning of agriculture all cultures have developed patriarchies only successfully challenged during the past 150 years. It is particularly interesting how cultures have both clashed and mutually influenced one another in distilling ever changing sex and gender roles.
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not detailed enough. 13 July 2012
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
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I really didn't learn anything from this book. This book really glossed over many things and never really got "into" the subject matter until the imperialist era. The auther also used a very vauge tone that contained little actual information.

All that was said more or less about hindu, ancient chinese and native american sexuality is that is focused more on pleasure than western and that europians viewed these cultures as "exotic." He never explained what any of them were like. He mentioned ancient sex manuals but never what was contained in them. He seemed to really really want to discuss europian attitudes and exploitation of native and eastern women. He also did go somewhat into Victorian ideas (the other side of the same theme.)

All in all this book was way too short to do what I wanted it to do. I'm in the middle of Sex in History by Reay Tannahill and I find it to be a much better "starting place" book for sexual history.
Women and Gender studies 7 Sep 2014
By Tammy J Leister - Published on Amazon.com
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It was in excellent condition. I have not read the book though. The book was bought for my daughter for her Women and Gender studies at WVU.
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