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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Gender and Conflict since 1914

Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

ISBN 9780230280946
Publication Date October 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Gender and History

The First World War was a turning point for modern globalised warfare. It involved the inclusion of women in 'war efforts', the homefront becoming the warzone, and produced millions of wounded and disabled men. At the same time, it incited an extraordinary arsenal of gendered discourses, practices and beliefs in the service of militarism, power structures and personal agency.

This insightful collection of interdisciplinary essays, by a wide-ranging team of experts, draws out critical themes emanating from 1914. Spanning the First and Second World Wars, through to the Vietnam War, the 'War on Terror' and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the volume asks what has changed and what has continued? Ana Carden-Coyne demonstrates adeptly how understanding gender during periods of conflict has ongoing relevance across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

ANA CARDEN-COYNE is co-director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War at the University of Manchester, UK, and co-founder of the Disability History Group, UK/Europe. Her previous publications include Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism and the First World War (2009).

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List of Contributors
Introduction; A.Carden-Coyne
Gendered Experiences of Civilian Internment During the First World War: A Forgotten Dimension of Wartime Violence; M.Stibbe
Defending the Home(land): Gendering Civil Defence from the First World War to the 'War on Terror'; S.R.Grayzel & L.Noakes
Men Refusing to Be Violent: Manliness and Military Conscientious Objection, 1914 to the Present Day; L.S.Bibbings
Tresspassing on the 'Trench-Fighter's Story': (Re)-Imagining the Female Combatant of the First World War; L.Murphy
Courage, Conflict and Activism: Transnational Feminist Peace Movements, 1900 to the Present Day; L.R.Cohen
Gendering the Politics of War Wounds Since 1914; A.Carden-Coyne
The Not Dead: War Disability in Film and Literature from the First World War to the Present; J.Meyer
Emotional Women and Frail Men: Gendered Diagnostics From Shellshock to PTSD, 1914-2010; H.Croft
Masculinities, Ethnicities and the Terrorist in Cyprus (1950-9) and the 'War on Terror', (2001-); G.Koureas
Where the Boys are: Militarization, Sexuality and Red Cross Donut Dollies in the Vietnam War; K.D.Vuic
'I was one of the better interrogators': Gender Performativity, Identity Transformation and the Female Military Intelligence Officer in the Iraq War; P.Godfrey
Afterword; C.Enloe
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Index.

Reviews

Ana Carden-Coyne and her energetic contributors...are our intellectual land mine defusers. If we, their fortunate readers, read their findings slowly, if we pause to mull over their comparisons and causal revelations, we just might make it safely across the minefield of militarized gender politics to draw useful lessons on the other side.' - Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA, from the Afterword 'An excellent collection of well balanced articles…a very useful addition to the field.' - Melanie Oppenheimer, University of New England, Australia 'The essays work well together and in juxtaposition....The individual contributions, and the collection as a whole, all shed new light on the topics addressed.' - Corinna Peniston-Bird, Lancaster University, UK
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