The question of women's role in the military is extremely topical. A Woman and a Soldier covers the experiences of women in the military from the late mediaeval period to the present day. Written in two volumes this comprehensive guide covers a wide range of wars: The Thirty Years War, the French and Indian Wars in Northern America, the Anglo-Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, the Long March in China, and the Vietnam War. There are also thematic chapters, including studies of terrorism and contemporary military service. Taking a multidisciplinary approach: historical, anthropological, and cultural, the book shows the variety of arguments used to support or deny women's military service and the combat taboo. In the process the book challenges preconceived notions about women's integration in the military and builds a picture of the ideological and practical issues surrounding women soldiers.
Table of Contents
I. SEXUAL INTEGRATION IN THE MILITARY BEFORE 1945. Introduction to Part 1. Arms and the Women. 1. Silent Partners: Women and Warfare in Early Modern Europe, Brian Crim. 2. In the Army: Women, Camp Followers and Gender Roles in the British Army in the French and Indian Wars, 1755-1765, Scott N. Hendrix. 3. We Too Were Soldiers: The Experiences of British Nurses in the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902, Christopher Schmitz. 4. They Fought for Russia: Female Soldiers of the First World War, Laurie Staff. 5. Women at Work: Chinese Soldiers on the Long March, 1934-1936, Helen Praeger Young. 6. Lipstick on her Nipples, Cordite in her Hair: Sex and Romance among the British Servicewomen During the Second World War, Gerard J. DeGroot. 7. She Wants a Gun not a Dishcloth!: Gender, Service and Citizenship in Britain in the Second Wolrd War, Penny Summerfield. 8. Soldiers in the Shadows: Women of the French Resistance, Margaret Collins Weitz. 9. Do Not Speak of the Services You Rendered: Women Veterans of Avation in the Soviet Union, Reina Pennington. II. SEXUAL INTEGRATION IN THE MILTARY SINCE 1945. Introduction to Part 2: Ambiguity, Contradiction and Possibility, Corinna Peniston-Bird. 10. Soldiers and Symbols: North Vietnamese Women and the American War, Karen Turner. 11. Dark Angel: Vietnam War Poetry by American Women Veterans, Edward J. Reilly. 12. Women, War, and the Veil' Muslim Women in Resistance and Combat, Kathryn M. Coughlin. 13. Between Worlds: Algerian Women in Conflict, Nicole F. Ladewig. 14. Gendering Military Service in the Israeli Defense Forces, Dafina N. Izraeli. 15. Women in Chinas Changing Military Epic, Susan M. Rigdon. 16. And Dont Forget to Clean the Fridge: Women in the Secret Sphere of Terrorism, Catherine Taylor. 17. A Simple Matter of Equality: The Admission of Women to West Point, Lance Janda. 18. Delilah Shaves Her Hair: Women, the Military and Hollywood, Corinna Peniston-Bird. 19. Military Law and the Treatment of Women Soldiers: Sexual Harrasment and Fraternization in the US Army, Fred L. Borch III.
Gerard J. DeGroot is Senior Lecturer and Chair in the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. His many publications include Blighty- British Society in the Era of the Great War (1996), Student Protest- The Sixties and After (1998) and A Noble Cause? America and the Vietnam War (1999).
Corinna Peniston-Bird is Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Lancaster. She is also co-authoring (with Gerard J. DeGroot) Women in the Line of Fire- the Female Soldier in the Modern Military (Routledge). She has also published Vienna in the World Bibliographical Series (1997).