By Margaret Vining Barton C. Hacker
Army associations have far and wide and regularly formed the process heritage, yet women’s close to common participation in them has principally long gone left out. This quantity addresses the altering relationships among ladies and military from antiquity to the current. The 8 chapters partly I current wide, scholarly reports of the present literature to supply a transparent figuring out of the place we stand. a longer photograph essay records visually women’s army paintings because the 16th century. The book’s moment half includes 8 exemplary articles, extra narrowly targeted than the survey articles yet illustrating a few of their significant issues. army background will make the most of acknowledging women’s participation, as will women’s heritage from spotting army associations as significant elements in molding women’s lives.
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5 [Trapp 1997]). In both cases, the historicity of the accounts is highly questionable (Maas 1934, 385). It is unclear whether Polydoros fought a war early in the seventh century bc against the Argives in the first place, while the story about the poetess-turned-warrior Telesilla has been plausibly interpreted as an etiological invention to explain the origin of the statue of a particular god of war and of a certain ritual (Graf 1984, 246–49). Though Telesilla’s exploits most probably have simply been made up, they are nevertheless of some relevance as they fit well into what seems to be the standard pattern of women’s active participation in war and the examples discussed―the enemy has broken through the town wall and is in the streets, while women and children have taken to the roofs and are throwing everything they can lay their hands on at the invaders.
Only 15 years later, the literature had already grown to a staggering 3300 titles (listed by Anne-Marie Vérilhac and Claude Vial ) and has continued to grow ever since (for the most recent attempt at a general overview see the immensely useful study by Tanja Scheer ). Scholars have, in general, shown a distinct tendency to focus on Greek and Roman women’s private lives (Scheer 2000, 166–68); prominent and powerful women, however, have always attracted considerable attention as well, be they Hellenistic queens (see for example Sarah Pomeroy , 3–40) or Roman empresses, who in particular enjoy an undiminished popularity (see, for example, the studies by Hildegard Temporini , Kenneth Holum , Ramsay McMullen , Mary Boatwright , Nikos Kokkinos , Ulrike Hahn , Claudia-Martina Perkounig , Anthony Barrett , or Barbara Levick ).
Hands of mercy: The story of sister-nurses in the Civil War. New York: Benziger Bros. Smith, Annie S. 1919. As others see her: An Englishwoman’s impression of the American women in wartime. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Smith, Bonnie G. 1984. The contribution of women to modern historiography in Great Britain, France, and the United States, 1750–1940. American Historical Review 89 no. 3 (June): 709–32. Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. 1975. The new woman and the new history. Feminist Studies 3 no. 1/2 (Autumn): 185–98.
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