The Condition of Women in European Society: 16th-18th Centuries
An examination of the fluctuating condition of women during the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment periods.
# 24237 | 1,350 words | 14 sources | 2002 |
Published on Apr 13, 2003 in History (European - 16th Century) , History (European - 17th Century) , History (European - 18th Century) , Women Studies (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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Examines the fluctuating condition of women during the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment periods. Changes in social attitudes toward women. Connection between women & witchcraft. Belief in power of magic. Political aspects of witchcraft. Demonization of women in Renaissance. Reformation women & Protestant beliefs. Female sexuality. Domestication of women.
From the Paper:"This research examines the fluctuating condition of women in European society from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The plan of the research will be to set forth salient characteristics of the condition of women in three periods: the Renaissance (ca. 1350-1550), Reformation (ca. 1520-1600), and Enlightenment (ca. 1680-1780), and to discuss era-to-era changes that can be identified in social attitudes toward women.
But one must begin with the big picture. Between 1350, which takes in the Renaissance, and 1780, which takes in the Enlightenment, the single most important feature of women’s social history that is worthy of note is the transition of prevailing social consciousness from belief in the power of magic, spirituality, and witchcraft to a belief in the power of reason and science as the prevailing method of explaining he..."
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