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Societies of Peace: Matriarchies Past, Present, and Future

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Heide Goettner-Abendroth has published various books on matriarchal society and culture and has become the founding mother of Modern Matriarchal Studies. In 1980 she was visiting professor at the University of Montreal (Canada) and, in 1992, at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). In 1986, she founded the International Academy hagia: Academy for Modern Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality in Germany. Recent publications include The Dancing Goddess: Principles of a Matriarchal Aesthetic (Beacon Press, 1991); The Goddess and Her Heros: Matriarchal Religion in Mythology, Fairy-Tales and Poetry (Anthony Publishing Company, 1995); Das Matriarchat (Matriarchal Societies) (three volumes 1988, 1991, 2000). She is one of the 1,000 "Peace Women" all over the world who have been nominated by the Swiss Peace Initiative.
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  • Paperback: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Inanna Publications (August 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978223357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978223359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally a systematic study of peaceful, egalitarian humane societies--not just theoretical musings about how things could be, but solid, carefully reasoned research into non-hierarchical, peaceful societies around the globe and what "makes them tick". Heidi Goettner-Abendroth got her Ph.D. in Analytical Philosophy/Theory of Science/Formal Logic, then devoted her brilliant analytic skills to a serious examination of human cultures that do not exhibit the pattern of male-domination found in European-derived (and other) cultures. What she found is that throughout human history and currently on every continent (except Europe) human cultures that center on women and children, respect everyone, are politically and economically egalitarian and promote and practice peace are the norm, and our current culture of male-domination based on competition is a recent aberration. This may be the most important work of our times. Buy it. READ it. You will be astounded.
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The content of this book should be central to every history class and history in general.The fact that it isn't makes it clear that the Patriarchal culture is afraid of it. I intend to spend time campaigning for it to be included in at least every women's studies group.
I'm a Matriarch who has been strengthened by this book.
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I'm so sick of books that promote patriarchy. How refreshing to read a book that tells the true history of humankind.
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Good book.
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There have never been any matriarchies, and everyone outside of the "Women's Studies" and neopagan communities knows this. This book might as well be about the anatomy of unicorns. Read "The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won't Give Women a Future" by Cynthia Eller (Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Matriarchal-Prehistory-Invented-Future/dp/0807067938).
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