Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe
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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 assumptionsabout 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 13 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253218446
  • 9780253218445
  • 1,680,628

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. . . this fine volume is notable for its unified presentation of complex and engaging issues. It provides an introduction to the most significant recent historiography in gender studies and military history, as well as an overview of some of the most stimulating new research being done in an important field. . . . Rarely are compilations like this one so consistently well written and intriguing.March, 2009 -- Andrea Orzoff * H-Ideas, H-Net * [This book] is a . . . welcome addition to the literature on gender in Europe during a particularly violent century. Oct. 2008 * Slavonic & East European Review * This excellent collection of 11 articles advances the thriving English-language historiography on gender, wars and the military into the too often neglected territories of twentieth-century Eastern Europe.Vol. 39.4 2009 -- Anders Ahlback * European History Quarterly * This collection of high-quality essays is designed to explore little-known aspects of the two world wars in Eastern Europe. The contributions have been grouped thematically in three sections devoted to gender roles, gender and occupation, and the gendered commemoration of war. The result is a coherent volume that will be of particular interest to social and cultural historians of modern Europe. * The Journal of Military History 71.4, 2007 * . . . thoughtful, fascinating . . . . this fine volume is notable for its unified presentation of complex and engaging issues. It provides an introduction to the most significant recent historiography in gender studies and military history, as well as an overview of some of the most stimulating new research being done in an important field. March 2009 -- Andrea Orzoff * H-Ideas, H-Net * . . . an exceptionally rich collection of diverse texts. . . . [A] significant contribution in the interdisciplinary field of gender studies. . . * Signs * This volume is an impressive collection of articles that will appeal to those interested in the history of eastern Europe, war and the war experience, both world wars, and gender and women's studies. -- Laurie Stoff * russian-front.com *show more

About Presidential Research Professor Nancy M Wingfield

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

Table of contents

Acknowledgments1. 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, 19121918 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. KirschenbaumSelect BibliographyContributorsIndexshow more

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