Eve's Seed: Biology, the Sexes and the Course of History

  • Publish Date: 2000-10-25
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Robert S. McElvaine

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In this provocative reinterpretation of the human experience, noted historian Robert S. McElvaine bridges the gap between evolutionary biology and history to create a new approach he terms biohistory. Here for the first time he presents a startlingly fresh thesis: misperceptions about sexual difference and procreative power have, along with misleading sexual metaphors, been the major forces in history.In a bold departure from the methods of conventional history, McElvaine draws on a wide range of sources, from biology, anthropology, archaeology, mythology, religion, and popular culture, to show how the interplay between our evolutionary heritage and changing environments has shaped the course of history, from hunter-gatherers to the contemporary world. Doubly controversial for its method and its contention that prehistoric developments devalued men, subordinated women and continue to misshape our lives, Eve's Seed is sure to engender debate.

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