Interest in the question of gender difference was intense during the years 1969-1999. One of the causes was the rapid development of women's history, spurred on by feminist politics and a growing interest in gender history as a rich and as yet untapped vein for research. Women had been studied by historians before, but never with the same intensity and breadth. This overview traces the theoretical debates about the nature and scope of the history of gender, in a way that should make it both comprehensible and appealing to students of history.
Joanna Alberti is the author of "Beyond Suffrage "(1989) Macmillan and "Eleanor Rathbone "(1996) Sage.