The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military is the first examination of the interdisciplinary, intersecting fields of gender studies and the history of the United States military. In twenty-one original essays, the contributors tackle themes including gendering the "other," gender and war disability, gender and sexual violence, gender and American foreign relations, and veterans and soldiers in the public imagination, and lay out a chronological examination of gender and Americaâ€™s wars from the American Revolution to Iraq. This important collection is essential reading for all those interested in how the military has influenced America's views and experiences of gender.
Table of Contents
Section I: Military Manpower: Gender, Service and Citizenship in American History
- The Shared Language of Gender in Colonial North American Warfare â€“ Ann M. Little
- Citizen-Soldiers in the Revolutionary Era and New Republic â€“ John Gilbert McCurdy
- Beyond Borders and Combatants: Wars of Empire and Expansion â€“ Karen E. Phoenix
- Beyond the Brothersâ€™ War: Gender and the American Civil War â€“ Carole Emberton
- Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man: Gender and the Great War â€“ Andrew J. Huebner
- "The Women Behind the Men, Behind the Gun": Gendered Identities and Militarization in the Second World War â€“ Sarah Parry Myers
- Homophobia, Housewives, and Hyper-Masculinity: Gender and American Policymaking in the Nuclear Age, 1947-1963 â€“ Matthew H. Dunne
- Gentle Warriors, Gunslingers, and Girls Next Door: Gender and the Vietnam War
- Transitioning to an All-Volunteer Force â€“ Melissa T. Brown
- 9/11, Gender and Wars without End â€“ Anna Froula
- Gender as a Cause of War â€“ Robert Dean
- Gendering the "Enemy" and Gendering the "Ally:" United States Militarized Fictions of War and Peace â€“ Tessa Winkelmann
- Gender and American Foreign Relations â€“ Molly M. Wood
- Gender and Militarism in U.S. Culture During the Long Twentieth Century â€“ David Kieran
- "Patriotism is Neither Masculine nor Feminine:" Gender and the Work of War â€“ Charissa Threat
- U.S. Military Personnel and Families Abroad: Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Power in the U.S. Militaryâ€™s Relations with Foreign Nations and Local Inhabitants during Wartime â€“ Donna Alvah
- "Homos," "Whores," Rapists, and the Clap: American Military Sexuality Since the Revolutionary War: Donna B. Knaff
- Rape, Reform, and the Reaction: Gender and Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military Elizabeth L. Hillman and Kate Walsham
- To Recognize Those who Served: Gendered Analyses of Veteransâ€™ Policies, Representations, and Experiences â€“ Jessica L. Adler
- Best Men, Broken Men: Gender, Disability, and American Veterans â€“ Sarah Handley-Cousins
- The Covert and Hidden Memory of Gender â€“ Kurt Piehler
Heather Marie Stur
Section II: Mobilizing Gender in the Service of War
Section III: Gender Sexuality and Military Engagements
Section IV: Gendered Aftermaths
Kara Dixon Vuic is the LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University.
"Kara Vuicâ€”one of the very best historians of gender, war, and the U.S. militaryâ€”has given us a clearly-conceptualized and engaging set of essays which analyze the many ways that gender and war intersect in U.S. history. Perhaps thereâ€™s no higher praise than to say that this volume is usefulâ€”to scholars, to students, to anyone interested in the history behind our contemporary debates over gender, war, and military service."
Beth Bailey, University of Kansas
"This well-conceived and beautifully executed collection explores the rich scholarship on gender and war and offers fresh perspectives on where we are in answering a number of questionsâ€”such as how gender shapes where and why Americans fight, how gender is harnessed to make war, and how new, but more often old, gender orders are reconstructed in warâ€™s aftermath."
Judy Giesberg, Villanova University