The Blood of Our Sons: Men, Women and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War

The Blood of Our Sons: Men, Women and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War

by N. Gullace
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1403967105

ISBN-13: 9781403967107

Pub. Date: 11/03/2004

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

In this ground-breaking study of the complex relationship between war, gender, and citizenship in Great Britain during World War I, Nicoletta Gullace shows how the assault on civilian masculinity led directly to women's suffrage. Through recruiting activities such as handing out white feathers to reputed 'cowards' and offering petticoats to unenlisted 'shirkers',

Overview

In this ground-breaking study of the complex relationship between war, gender, and citizenship in Great Britain during World War I, Nicoletta Gullace shows how the assault on civilian masculinity led directly to women's suffrage. Through recruiting activities such as handing out white feathers to reputed 'cowards' and offering petticoats to unenlisted 'shirkers', female war enthusiasts drew national attention to the fact that manhood alone was an inadequate marker of civic responsibility. Proclaiming women's exemplary service to the nation, feminist organizations tapped into a public culture that celebrated military service while denigrating those who opposed the war. Drawing on the vast range of popular and official sources, Gullace reveals that the war had revolutionary implications for women who wished to vote and for men who were expected to fight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403967107
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/03/2004
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
831,890
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: PROPAGANDA AND THE PUBLIC MIND The Rape of Belgium and Wartime Imagination The Making of Tommy Atkins: Masculinity, Propaganda and the Triumph of Family Values Redrawing the Boundaries of the Private Sphere: Patriotic Motherhood and the Raising of Kitchener's Armies PART II: SHAMING RITUALS AND SEXUAL IDENTITY The Order of the White Feather Conscription, Conscience, and the Travails of Male Citizenship 'Reinventing Womanhood: Sufragettes and the Great War for Citizenship PART III: THE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF LAW The Power of Sacrifice: 'Physical Force' and Women's Work Votes for Whom?: The Ideological Origins of the Representation of the People Bill

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