A Companion to Women's Military History

Overview

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 the 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 ...

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Overview

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 the 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 second part comprises eight exemplary 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.
Contributors include Jorit Wintjes, Mary Elizabeth Ailes, John A. Lynn, Barton C. Hacker, Kimberly Jensen, Margaret Vining, D’Ann M. Campbell, Carol B. Stevens, Jan Noel, Elizabeth Prelinger, Donna Alvah, Karen Hagemann, Yehudit Kol-Inbar, Dorotea Gucciardo and Megan Howatt, and Judith Hicks Stiehm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004212176
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2012
  • Series: History of Warfare , #74
  • Pages: 662
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barton C. Hacker, Ph.D. (University of Chicago, 1968), is senior curator of armed forces history in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. In addition to women's military history, he has published widely on the history of military technology and of nonwestern military institutions.
Margaret Vining, MA. (The George Washington University, 1983), is curator of armed forces history in the Smithsonian Institution. She has published numerous articles on women's military history and on the material culture of the armed forces of the United States.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Contributors xiii

Introduction Barton C. Hacker Margaret Vining 1

Part I Women and Military Institutions from Antiquity to the Present: Survey Articles

1 "Keep the Women out of the Camp!": Women and Military Institutions in the Classical World Jorit Wintjes 17

2 Camp Followers, Sutlers, and Soldiers' Wives: Women in Early Modern Armies (c. 1450-c. 1650) Mary Elizabeth Ailes 61

3 Essential Women, Necessary Wives, and Exemplary Soldiers: The Military Reality and Cultural Representation of Women's Military Participation (1600-1815) John A. Lynn II 93

4 Reformers, Nurses, and Ladies in Uniform: The Changing Status of Military Women (c. 1815-c. 1914) Barton C. Hacker 137

5 Volunteers, Auxiliaries, and Women's Mobilization: The First World War and Beyond (1914-1939) Kimberly Jensen 189

6 Women Join the Armed Forces: The Transformation of Women's Military Work in World War II and After (1939-1947) Margaret Vining 233

7 Almost Integrated? American Servicewomen and Their International Sisters Since World War II D'Ann Campbell 291

8 Revolutionaries, Regulars, and Rebels: Women and Non-Western Armies since World War II Barton C. Hacker 331

Part II Pictures of Women's Military Work since the Sixteenth Century

Introduction to Part II Barton C. Hacker Margaret Vining 381

Illustrations 384

Part III Research Essays in Women's Military History

9 Women and War in Early Modern Russia (Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries) Carol B. Stevens 387

10 Sisters in Arms: Quebec Convents at the Crossroads of Empire Jan Noel 409

11 U.S. Military Wives in the Philippines, from the Philippine War to World War II Donna Alvah 431

12 "The Spirit of Woman-Power": Representation of Women in World War I Posters Elizabeth Prelinger Barton C. Hacker 453

13 "German Women Help to Win!" Women and the German Military in the Age of World Wars Karen Hagemann 485

14 "Not Even For Three Lines in History": Jewish Women Underground Members and Partisans during the Holocaust Yehudit Kol-Inbar 513

15 Sniper Girls and Fearless Heroines: Wartime Representations of Foreign Women in English-Canadian Press, 1941-1943 Dorotea Gucciardo Megan Howatt 547

16 Enlisted Women in the U.S. Army 1948-2008: A View from the Market Place Judith Hicks Stiehm 569

Index 601

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