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GWonline, the Bibliography, Filmography and Webography on Gender and War since 1600 collects and organizes secondary literature, women’s autobiographies, films and  websites with primary documents on the subject of gender, military and war to make them available to the public. Alongside full text searching, it allows users to explore the collection through multiple entry points: author or director, publication or release date, collection, major wars, countries and regions or keywords. With its more than 9.000 carefully curated entries  it aims to be a useful resource that informs students, teachers and researchers. GWonline is connected to The Oxford Handbook of Gender, War, and the Western World since 1600, edited by Karen Hagemann, Stefan Dudink and Sonya A. Rose (Oxford University Press, 2020), which was selected as  the winner of the Reference Work Prize for 2022 by the Distinguished Book Awards Committee of the Military History Society. GWonline also allows a literature search by Handbook chapters.To learn more about the way GWonline works please use the brief video guide  created by the student team.

In addition, GWonline Learning & Teaching, provides students, high school teachers and college instructors with suggestions of selected material  (literature, websites with maps, timelines and primary sources, autobiographies, films) for the studying and teaching of seven major conflicts in modern global history. In addition, GWonline Learning & Teaching offers a Syllabus Collection for instructors. 

GWonline is based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a collaboration of the UNC Department of HistoryUNC IT Research Computing, the  UNC Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense and UNC Library and Information Technology. It was created by a team of graduate and undergraduate students between the fall of 2013 and the summer of 2021. We had to stop the update of the content of GWonline due to a lack of funding at the end of the spring of 2021, but continue to edit the existing entries. Since we opened GWonline to the public in April 2017, the page was used over 650.000 times.

Last Update: March 8, 2024

Dr. Karen Hagemann (Project Director)

James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History
and Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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