Ottoman Women during World War I: Everyday Experiences, Politics, and Conflict

Ottoman Women during World War I: Everyday Experiences, Politics, and Conflict

by Elif Mahir Metinsoy


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During war time, the everyday experiences of ordinary people - and especially women - are frequently obscured by elite military and social analysis. In this pioneering study, Elif Mahir Metinsoy focuses on the lives of ordinary Muslim women living in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. It reveals not only their wartime problems, but also those of everyday life on the Ottoman home front. It questions the existing literature's excessive focus on the Ottoman middle-class, using new archive sources such as women's petitions to extend the scope of Ottoman-Turkish women's history. Free from academic jargon, and supported by original illustrations and maps, it will appeal to researchers of gender history, Middle Eastern and social history. By showing women's resistance to war mobilization, wartime work life and the everyday struggles which shaped state politics, Mahir Metinsoy allows readers to draw intriguing comparisons between the past and the current events of today's Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107198906
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Elif Mahir Metinsoy is a part-time lecturer at Galatasaray Üniversitesi, Istanbul. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Boðaziçi University, Istanbul and the Université de Strasbourg.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of maps; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Chronology; List of abbreviations and archive references; Glossary; Introduction; Part I. The Home Front: 1. Women in Europe and the United States; 2. The Ottoman home front; Part II. Women's Negotiation of Wartime Social Policies: 3. Hunger and shortages; 4. Monetary assistance for soldiers' families; 5. The housing problem; 6. Motherhood; Part III. Women and Working Life: 7. Wartime work opportunities and restrictions; 8. Working women's problems; Part IV. Women's Resistance to War Mobilization: 9. Forced labor and overtaxation; 10. Discontent with Conscription; 11. State control of morality and marriage; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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