The centenary of the First World War in 2014-18 offers an opportunity to reflect upon the role of gender history in shaping our understanding of this pivotal international event. From the moment of its outbreak, the gendered experiences of the war have been seen by contemporary observers and postwar commentators and scholars as being especially significant for shaping how the war can and must be understood. The negotiating of ideas about gender by women and men across vast reaches of the globe characterizes this modern, instrumental conflict. Over the past twenty-five years, as the scholarship on gender and this war has grown, there has never been a forum such as the one presented here that placed so many of the varying threads of this complex historiography into conversation with one another in a manner that is at once accessible and provocative. Given the vast literature on the war itself, scholarship on gender and various themes and topics provides students as well as scholars with a chance to think not only about the subject of the war but also the methodological implications of how historians have approached it. While many studies have addressed the national or transnational narrative of women in the war, none address both femininity and masculinity, and the experiences of both women and men across the same geographic scope as the studies presented in this volume.
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Gender and the Great War provides a global, thematic approach to a century of scholarship on the war, masculinity and femininity, and it constitutes the most up-to-date survey of the topic by well-known scholars in the field.
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Contents Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction Susan R. Grayzel and Tammy M. Proctor Chapter 1: Gender and Citizenship Kimberly Jensen Chapter 2: Gender and Resistance Erika Kuhlman Chapter 3: Gender and Work Deborah Thom Chapter 4: Gender and Race Richard S. Fogarty Chapter 5: Gender and Sexuality Ana Carden-Coyne and Laura Doan Chapter 6: Gender and Age Tammy M. Proctor Chapter 7: Gender and Occupation Jovana Kne%zevi? Chapter 8: Gender and Everyday Life Karen Hunt Chapter 9: Gender and Warfare Susan R. Grayzel Chapter 10: Gender and Violence Michelle Moyd Chapter 11: Gender and Mourning Joy Damousi Chapter 12: Gender and Memory Karen Petrone Chapter 13: The Scholarship of the First World War Susan R. Grayzel and Tammy M. Proctor Selected Bibliography
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[E]xcellent volume...Gender and the Great Warprovides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the transnational scholarship on the gender dynamics of World War I. * Virginia R. Boynton, The History Teacher *Gender & the Great Waris a well-integrated anthology which draws together recent scholarship on gender and the First World War, the impact of gender on the war, and the impact of the war on gender.The book's range is indeed impressive and each chapter is so well written that it is a pleasure to read. This is both a useful book, bringing us up to date on the state of this field, and a provocative one. Each chapter concludes with a series of questions and topics for further research to entice more scholars to join the investigation. The authors collectively show us how far our understanding of gender and war have come in recent decades * Margaret Darrow, H-Diplo *Gender and the Great War provides a valuable overview and summary of scholarship published in the last decade. The breadth of its contributions, reinforced by the exceptional bibliography, should be especially useful to graduate students interested in understanding how gender analysis enriches our understanding of the cataclysmic effects of the Great War. * Martha Hanna, Journal of Modern History *
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Biographical note

Susan R. Grayzel is a Professor of History and Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her publications include: Women's Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War; Women and the First World War; At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz; and The First World War: A Brief History with Documents. Tammy M. Proctor is a Professor and Department Head of History at Utah State University. Her published works include Civilians in a World at War, Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts and Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War.