PETER BASKERVILLE, A Silent Revolution? (Montreal and Kingston, U.K.: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008, ppviii, 375).

History has become increasingly hyphenated, be it gender history, cultural history, women's history, social history, and even accounting history. A key feature of this volume is its relevance to a number of historiographical traditions. While not written as accounting history, its use of accounting and financial information is insightful.

The book begins with a broad question: “What do we know about the independent economic activity and wealth-holdings of married and other women in late nineteenth-century urban Canada?” (p. 8). The next eight chapters explore this question through the analysis of the relative wealth held by women compared to that of men, the impact of married women's property laws, inheritances and bequests, and wealth management. Chapters build on introductory themes with respect to the role of women in the public versus private sphere, the dissolving of...

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