Military institutions have everywhere and always shaped the course of history, but women's near universal participation in them has largely gone unnoticed. This volume addresses the changing relationships between women and armed forces from antiquity to the present. The eight chapters in Part I present broad, scholarly reviews of existing literature to provide a clear understanding of where we stand. An extended picture essay documents visually women's military work since the sixteenth century. The book's third part comprises eight articles, more narrowly focused than the survey articles but illustrating some of their major themes. Military history will benefit from acknowledging women's participation, as will women's history from recognizing military institutions as major factors in molding women's lives.
"Keep the women out of the camp!": women and military institutions in the classical world / Jorit Wintjes -- Camp followers, sutlers, and soldiers' wives: women in early modern armies (c. 1450-c. 1650) / Mary Elizabeth Ailes -- Essential women, necessary wives, and exemplary soldiers: the military reality and cultural representation of women's military participation (1600-1815) / John A. Lynn II -- Reformers, nurses, and ladies in uniform: the changing status of military women (c. 1815-c. 1914) / Barton C. Hacker -- Volunteers, auxiliaries, and women's mobilization: the first world war and beyond (1914-1939) / Kimberly Jensen -- Women join the armed forces: the transformation of women's military work in World War II and after (1939-1947) / Margaret Vining -- Almost integrated? American servicewomen and their international sisters since World War II / D'Ann Campbell -- Revolutionaries, regulars, and rebels: women in non-western armies since World War II / Barton C. Hacker -- Women and war in early modern Russia (seventeenth to eighteenth centuries) / Carol B. Stevens -- Sisters in arms: Quebec convents at the crossroads of empire / Jan Noel -- U.S. Military wives in the Philippines, from the Philippine War to World War II / Donna Alvah -- "The spirit of woman-power": representation of women in World War I posters / Elizabeth Prelinger with Barton C. Hacker -- "German women help to win!" Women and the German military in the age of world wars / Karen Hagemann -- "Not even for three lines in history": Jewish women underground members and partisans during the Holocaust / Yehudit Kol-Inbar -- Sniper girls and fearless heroines: wartime representations of foreign women in English-Canadian press, 1941-1943 / Dorotea Gucciardo and Megan Howatt -- Enlisted women in the U.S. Army 1948-2008: a view from the market place / Judith Hicks Stiehm
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