1st Edition

The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military

Edited By Kara Vuic Copyright 2018
    396 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 America’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.

    Section I: Military Manpower: Gender, Service and Citizenship in American History

    1. The Shared Language of Gender in Colonial North American Warfare – Ann M. Little
    2. Citizen-Soldiers in the Revolutionary Era and New Republic – John Gilbert McCurdy
    3. Beyond Borders and Combatants: Wars of Empire and Expansion – Karen E. Phoenix
    4. Beyond the Brothers’ War: Gender and the American Civil War – Carole Emberton
    5. Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man: Gender and the Great War – Andrew J. Huebner
    6. "The Women Behind the Men, Behind the Gun": Gendered Identities and Militarization in the Second World War – Sarah Parry Myers
    7. Homophobia, Housewives, and Hyper-Masculinity: Gender and American Policymaking in the Nuclear Age, 1947-1963 – Matthew H. Dunne
    8. Gentle Warriors, Gunslingers, and Girls Next Door: Gender and the Vietnam War
    9. Heather Marie Stur

    10. Transitioning to an All-Volunteer Force – Melissa T. Brown
    11. 9/11, Gender and Wars without End – Anna Froula
    12. Section II: Mobilizing Gender in the Service of War

    13. Gender as a Cause of War – Robert Dean
    14. Gendering the "Enemy" and Gendering the "Ally:" United States Militarized Fictions of War and Peace – Tessa Winkelmann
    15. Gender and American Foreign Relations – Molly M. Wood
    16. Gender and Militarism in U.S. Culture During the Long Twentieth Century – David Kieran
    17. Section III: Gender Sexuality and Military Engagements

    18. "Patriotism is Neither Masculine nor Feminine:" Gender and the Work of War – Charissa Threat
    19. U.S. Military Personnel and Families Abroad: Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Power in the U.S. Military’s Relations with Foreign Nations and Local Inhabitants during Wartime – Donna Alvah
    20. "Homos," "Whores," Rapists, and the Clap: American Military Sexuality Since the Revolutionary War: Donna B. Knaff
    21. Rape, Reform, and the Reaction: Gender and Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military Elizabeth L. Hillman and Kate Walsham
    22. Section IV: Gendered Aftermaths

    23. To Recognize Those who Served: Gendered Analyses of Veterans’ Policies, Representations, and Experiences – Jessica L. Adler
    24. Best Men, Broken Men: Gender, Disability, and American Veterans – Sarah Handley-Cousins
    25. The Covert and Hidden Memory of Gender – Kurt Piehler


    Kara Dixon Vuic is the LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University. 

    "Kara Vuic—one of the very best historians of gender, war, and the U.S. military—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 there’s no higher praise than to say that this volume is useful—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 questions—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 war’s aftermath."

    Judy Giesberg, Villanova University