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Summary: This bold synthesis, an introduction to the history of feminism in “the Third World” (the author’s term), “deals with the rise of early feminism and movements for women’s participation in political struggles in selected countries of the ‘East’ in the late 19th and early 20th centuries” (1). Basing her study on secondary sources written largely in English, Kumari Jayawardena synthesizes work done on the history of Egypt, Iran, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, teasing out accounts of feminist struggle and women’s history from what are often unlikely sources. Astonishingly, considering the vast geographic expanse Jayawardena covers, her analyses are hardly ever superficial. Above all, this work stands as a testament to the courage and fortitude of the women of the colonized world, who struggled against both the oppression of colonialist regimes and oppression in their own societies. Mutatis mutandis, their grand-daughters continue that struggle. [Tom Donahue]