The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History


Editor: Bonnie G. Smith

Contributing author: Jocelyn M. Boryczka


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Book Contribution


Jocelyn M. Boryczka is a contributing author, “Democracy”, pp. 30-34.

Book description: The Encyclopedia of Women in World History captures the experiences of women throughout world history in a comprehensive, 4-volume work. Although there has been extensive research on women in history by region, no text or reference work has comprehensively covered the role women have played throughout world history.

The past thirty years have seen an explosion of research and effort to present the experiences and contributions of women not only in the Western world but across the globe. Historians have investigated womens daily lives in virtually every region and have researched the leadership roles women have filled across time and region. They have found and demonstrated that there is virtually no historical, social, or demographic change in which women have not been involved and by which their lives have not been affected. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History benefits greatly from these efforts and experiences, and illuminates how women worldwide have influenced and been influenced by these historical, social, and demographic changes.



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Publication Information

Boryczka, Jocelyn. 2008. “Democracy.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Ed. Bonnie G. Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 30-34.


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