Gender and the Great War

ISBN : 9780190271084

Susan R. Grayzel; Tammy M. Proctor
304 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2017
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The centenary of the First World War in 2014-18 offers an opportunity to reflect upon the role of gender history in shaping our understanding of this pivotal international event. From the moment of its outbreak, the gendered experiences of the war have been seen by contemporary observers and postwar commentators and scholars as being especially significant for shaping how the war can and must be understood. The negotiating of ideas about gender by women and men across vast reaches of the globe characterizes this modern, instrumental conflict. Over the past twenty-five years, as the scholarship on gender and this war has grown, there has never been a forum such as the one presented here that placed so many of the varying threads of this complex historiography into conversation with one another in a manner that is at once accessible and provocative. Given the vast literature on the war itself, scholarship on gender and various themes and topics provides students as well as scholars with a chance to think not only about the subject of the war but also the methodological implications of how historians have approached it. While many studies have addressed the national or transnational narrative of women in the war, none address both femininity and masculinity, and the experiences of both women and men across the same geographic scope as the studies presented in this volume.


List of Contributors
Susan R. Grayzel and Tammy M. Proctor
Chapter 1: Gender and Citizenship
Kimberly Jensen
Chapter 2: Gender and Resistance
Erika Kuhlman
Chapter 3: Gender and Work
Deborah Thom
Chapter 4: Gender and Race
Richard S. Fogarty
Chapter 5: Gender and Sexuality
Ana Carden-Coyne and Laura Doan
Chapter 6: Gender and Age
Tammy M. Proctor
Chapter 7: Gender and Occupation
Jovana Knezevi?
Chapter 8: Gender and Everyday Life
Karen Hunt
Chapter 9: Gender and Warfare
Susan R. Grayzel
Chapter 10: Gender and Violence
Michelle Moyd
Chapter 11: Gender and Mourning
Joy Damousi
Chapter 12: Gender and Memory
Karen Petrone
Chapter 13: The Scholarship of the First World War
Susan R. Grayzel and Tammy M. Proctor
Selected Bibliography

About the author: 

Susan R. Grayzel is a Professor of History and Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her publications include: Women's Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War; Women and the First World War; At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz; and The First World War: A Brief History with Documents. Tammy M. Proctor is a Professor and Department Head of History at Utah State University. Her published works include Civilians in a World at War, Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts and Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War.

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