Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq

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An engaging collection that uncovers injustices in history and overturns misconceptions about the role of women in war

When you think of war, you think of men, right? Not so fast. In Hell Hath No Fury, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross prove that although many of their stories have been erased or forgotten, women have played an integral role in wars throughout history.

In witty and compelling biographical essays categorized and alphabetized for ...

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Overview

An engaging collection that uncovers injustices in history and overturns misconceptions about the role of women in war

When you think of war, you think of men, right? Not so fast. In Hell Hath No Fury, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross prove that although many of their stories have been erased or forgotten, women have played an integral role in wars throughout history.

In witty and compelling biographical essays categorized and alphabetized for easy reference, Miles and Cross introduce us to war leaders (Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher); combatants (Molly Pitcher, Lily Litvak, Tammy Duckworth); spies (Belle Boyd, Virginia Hall, Noor Inayat Khan); reporters and propagandists (Martha Gellhorn, Tokyo Rose, Anna Politkov- skaya); and more. These are women who have taken action and who challenge our perceived notions of womanhood. Some will be familiar to readers, but most will not, though their deeds during wartime were every bit as important as their male contemporaries’ more heralded contributions.

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A comprehensive tour of battlefields ancient and modern in which women have fought alongside men. What makes women want to fight in war? Write historical novelist Miles (The Lady of the Sea, 2004, etc.) and historian Cross (The Battle of Kursk: Operation Citadel 1943, 2005, etc.), "A better question would be, why shouldn't they?" The Celtic queen Boudica didn't let her gender get in the way when she destroyed a few Roman legions, nor did Tomoe Gozen, the female samurai, whom Japanese chronicles call "a warrior worth a thousand." There's not much sociology in these pages, but there's plenty of righteous carnage. Anne Frank figures as a warrior of a kind, but so too does Hermine Braunsteiner, the "Stamping Mare," a sadistic SS guard at the Ravensbruck concentration camp and the "first Nazi war criminal to be extradited from the United States to Germany." The authors write carefully of Jessica Lynch, the prisoner made into a "broad-brush, ‘feel-good' item to cheer American audiences at home" at the onset of the Iraq War, while not excluding the infamous Lynndie England (of Abu Ghraib fame), there beside Braunsteiner in the hall of shame. "Nevertheless," they add, "it must be said that the Bush administration, requiring a scapegoat for its colossal strategic misjudgment in Iraq, attempted to use England and her colleagues to bear the moral burden for its war." The cast of characters numbers in the hundreds, and many will be little known to general readers, from the martyred Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya to women Viet Cong fighters to British spymaster Stella Rimington and Louise Michel, the fierce "Red Virgin" of the Paris Commune. A useful introduction to the history of chiefs ofdistaff and other women at arms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307346377
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSALIND MILES, Ph.D., author of Who Cooked the Last Supper?, is a critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling writer, a lecturer and a BBC broadcaster. Military historian ROBIN CROSS is the #1 bestselling author of more than thirty books, a Gulf War reporter, and a former advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xv
In the Beginning: Women Warriors of Myth and Early History     1
Amazons
Arab Women Warriors
Boudicca
Brunhilde and Fredegund
Cartimandua
Cleopatra VII
Tomoe Gozen
Women Warriors in Ancient Greece and Rome
Zenobia
The Captains and the Queens: Women Leaders and Commanders, Directing War and Conflict     28
Catherine II
Elizabeth I
Ethelfleda
Gandhi, Indira
Isabella of France
Isabella I of Spain
Matilda
Meir, Golda
Rice, Condoleezza
Sforza, Caterina
Tamara
Thatcher, Margaret
Tz'u-hsi
Runaways and Roaring Girls: Mavericks, Misfits, Malcontents, and Wild Ones: Women Seizing the Chance of War to Live and Fight as Men     65
Barry, James
Dahomey, Warrior Women of
Durova, Nadezhda
Joan of Arc
Michel, Louise
Sampson, Deborah
Sandes, Flora
Velazquez, Loreta Janeta
Rebels and Revolutionaries: Women Taking Up Arms for a Cause     85
Bochkareva, Mariya
Eritrea, Women Combatants
Figner, Vera
FLN Bombers
Lakshmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi
Long March
Molly Pitcher
Partisans
Santamaria, Haydee
Tamil Tigers
Tubman, Harriet "Araminta"
Vietnam Women Fighters
Creature Comforts: Courtesans, Consorts, and Camp Followers: Women Drawn into War to Minister to Men     123
Camp Followers
Comfort Women
Conquistadoras
Leaguer Ladies
Lynch, Elisa
Mata Hari
Royal Navy
Soldaderas
Tenepal, Malinalli
Travers, Susan
Vivandieres
Into Uniform: Women Mobilized to Support the War Effort     148
Air Transport Auxiliary
Auxiliary Territorial Service
Civil Defense
Conscription
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services
First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
Helferinnen
Israeli Defense Forces
Lotta Svard
NATO Armed Forces
Red Army Women Soldiers
Rosie the Riveter
Soviet Women in War Industries
United States Armed Forces
US Air Force
US Army
US Marine Corps
US Navy
Voluntary Aid Detachment
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
Women's Auxiliary Air Force
Women's Auxiliary Army Corps
Women's Royal Naval Service
At the Sharp End: Modern Soldiers, Sailors, and Airwomen     216
Cochran, Jacqueline
Duckworth, Tammy
Hester, Leigh Ann
Holm, Jeanne
Hopper, "Amazing" Grace
Litvak, Lily
Lynch, Jessica
McGrath, Kathleen
McSally, Martha
Mixed Antiaircraft Batteries
Night Witches
Raskova, Marina
Reitsch, Hanna
Rossi, Marie T.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Healing Hands: Doctors, Nurses, Medics, and Health Workers     243
Ang, Swee Chai
Army Nurse Corps
Barton, Clara
Bickerdyke, Mary Ann
Bullwinkel, Vivian
Chisholm, Mairi, and Elsie Knocker
Dix, Dorothea
Etheridge, Anna
Inglis, Elsie
Keil, Lillian Kinkela
Nightingale, Florence
Seacole, Mary "Mother"
US Military Nurses and Doctors
Walker, Mary Edwards
Recording Angels: Singers, Entertainers, Artists, Propagandists, and Chroniclers of War, the Good and the Bad     280
Al Haideri, Sahar Hussein
Amanpour, Christiane
Bourke-White, Margaret
Deuell, Peggy Hull
Frank, Anne
Gellhorn, Martha
Gillars, Mildred Elizabeth
Kirkpatrick, Helen
K'tut Tantri
Lynn, Vera
Politkovskaya, Anna
Toguri, Ikuko
Valkyries, Furies, and Fiends: Ruthless Opportunists, Sadists, and Psychopaths Unleashed and Empowered by War     309
Ammash, Dr. Huda Salih Mahdi
Braunsteiner, Hermine
England, Lynndie
Grese, Irma
Khaled, Leila
Lakwena, Alice
Mbandi, Jinga
Mukakibibi, Sister Theophister
Plavsic, Biljana
Suicide Bombers
Tribal Revenge
Armies of the Shadows: Spies, Agents, and Underground Workers     333
American Civil War
Atkins, Vera
Bentov, Cheryl
Brousse, Amy Elizabeth
Cohen, Lona
de Jongh, Andree
Hall, Virginia
Khan, Noor Inayat
Manningham-Buller, Eliza
Office of Strategic Services
Rimington, Stella
Sansom, Odette
Sendlerowa, Irena
Skarbek, Krystyna
Special Operations Executive
Szabo, Violette
Vertefeuille, Jeanne
Werner, Ruth
Witherington, Pearl
Afterword     377
Index     379
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