The First World War was the first modern, total war, one requiring the mobilisation of both civilians and combatants. Particularly in Europe, the main theatre of the conflict, this war demanded the active participation of both men and women.
Women and the First World War provides an introduction to the experiences and contributions of women during this important turning point in history. In addition to exploring women’s relationship to the war in each of the main protagonist states, the book also looks at the wide-ranging effects of the war on women in Africa Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. Topical in its approach, the book highlights:
the heated public debates about women’s social, cultural and political roles that the war inspired
their varied experiences of war
women’s representation in propaganda
their roles in peace movements and revolutionary activity that grew out of the war
the consequences of the war for women in its immediate aftermath
Containing a document section providing a wide range of sources from first-hand accounts, a Chronology and Glossary, Women and the First World War is an ideal text for students studying the First World War or the role of women in the twentieth century.
Susan R. Grayzel is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Mississippi.
'an innovative addition to the series...This book will prove invaluable for those seeking a comparitative analysis of the women's question in the early twentieth century.'
Richard Brown, The Historical Association website
'the broad range of topics, collection of documents, and bibliography make this a very useful starting point for undergraduate students.'
Deborah D. Buffton, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, H-Women, H-Net Reviews