Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe [NOOK Book]


This volume explores the role of gender on both the home and fighting
fronts in eastern Europe during World Wars I and II. By using gender as a category
of analysis, the authors seek to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the
subjective nature of wartime experience ...

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Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe

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This volume explores the role of gender on both the home and fighting
fronts in eastern Europe during World Wars I and II. By using gender as a category
of analysis, the authors seek to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the
subjective nature of wartime experience and its representations. While historians
have long equated the fighting front with the masculine and the home front with the
feminine, the contributors challenge these dichotomies, demonstrating that they are
based on culturally embedded assumptions
about heroism and sacrifice. Major
themes include the ways in which wartime experiences challenge traditional gender
roles; postwar restoration of gender order; collaboration and resistance; the body;
and memory and commemoration.

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Editorial Reviews

The anthology is an exceptionally rich collection of diverse texts, since it brings together the knowledge of different cultural contexts, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the remnants of the Ottoman Empire; specific historical frameworks; sometimes opposing ideological backgrounds; and many local resources using different languages spoken in the countries whose painful experiences of the two world wars the book explores.
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Meet the Author

Nancy M. Wingfield is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois
University. She is co-author of Return to Diversity: A Political History of East
Central Europe since World War II and co-editor (with Maria Bucur) of Staging the
Past: The Politics of Commemoration in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848 to the

Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Associate Professor of
History at Indiana University and author of Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe Nancy M. Wingfield and Maria BucurPart I. Challenging Gender Roles/Restoring Order2. "Female Generals" and "Siberian Angels": Aristocratic Nurses and the Austro-Hungarian POW Relief Alon Rachamimov3. Civilizing the Soldier in Postwar Austria Maureen Healy4. Between Red Army and White Guard: Women in Budapest, 1919 Eliza AblovatskiPart II. Gendered Collaborating and Resisting5. Dumplings and Domesticity: Women, Collaboration, and Resistance in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Melissa Feinberg6. Denouncers and Fraternizers: Gender, Collaboration, and Retribution in Bohemia and Moravia during World War II and After Benjamin Frommer7. Family, Gender, and Ideology in World War II Latvia Mara LazdaPart III. Remembering War: Gendered Bodies, Gendered Stories8. Kosovo Maiden(s): Serbian Women Commemorate the Wars of National Liberation, 1912 - 1918 Melissa Bokovoy9. Women's Stories as Sites of Memory: Gender and Remembering Romania's World Wars Maria Bucur10. The Nation's Pain and Women's Shame: Polish Women and Wartime Violence Katherine R. Jolluck11. "The Alienated Body": Gender Identity and the Memory of the Siege of Leningrad Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

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