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Winner of the 2003 North American Conference on British Studies Annual Book Prize!
This path-breaking study brings together feminist and political history in innovative and refreshing ways, examining the complex relationship between war, gender, and citizenship in Great Britain during World War I. Nicoletta F. Gullace shows how the assault on civilian masculinity contributed to women’s suffrage. Feminists organizations tapped into nationalist feelings to open doors for their demands, taking advantage of a public culture that celebrated military service while denigrating those who opposed the war. Drawing on a 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.
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: Suffragettes 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