About the Project

GWonline, the Bibliography, Filmography and Webography

The aim of the Digital Humanities Project GWonline, the Bibliography, Filmography and Webography on Gender and War since 1600 is to collect and organize titles of secondary literature, women’s autobiographies, films and websites with online collections of primary sources. The project goal is to make these resources available to the broader public. Alongside full text searching, the project enables users to explore it through multiple entry points: author or director, publication or release date, collection, major wars, keywords or Oxford Handbook chapters. Furthermore, the website allows users to download full lists of included secondary literature, autobiographies, films and websites as RTF files. The literature search screens are equipped with an OPEN URL feature that allows users to check - usually via WorldCat - whether articles, books etc. are available in their local libraries.

GWonline is a collaboration of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of History, UNC ITS Research Computing and UNC Library and Information Technology. It was created with and continues to work as a public history project for the professional training of undergraduate and graduate students. The website is based on Drupal, a free and open source content-management framework written in PHP, which is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Drupal allowed us to develop the project with a small budget and the work of a team of graduate and undergraduate students, but at the same time it limits the options for the project.

If you want to learn more about the way  GWonline works, please watch our  video guide. A brief overview of the project provides our brochure.

Oxford Handbook of Gender and War since 1600

The project is connected to the Oxford Handbook of Gender and War since 1600 edited by Karen Hagemann (General Editor), Stefan Dudink and Sonya Rose (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). The agenda of the handbook has informed the content of GWonline, which we continue to update as long as we will get funding for the work of the student team.

The Oxford Handbook is a reference work of thirty-three essays jointly written by specialists in the history of military and war and experts in gender and women’s history. The collection, covering the period from the Thirty Years War to the Wars of Globalization, investigates how gender, an amalgam of ideals and practices that give meaning to and socially differentiate male and female, contributed to the shaping of warfare and related to it the military and was at the same time transformed by them. The essays explore this question by focusing on themes such as the cultural representations of military and war; war mobilization of and war support by society; war experiences on the homefronts and battlefronts; gendered war violence including sexual violence; military service and citizenship; war demobilization, postwar societies and memories; and the attempts to regulate and tame warfare and prevent new wars.

The Oxford Handbook covers chronologically the major periods in the development of warfare since the seventeenth century. While its main geographical focus is on Europe and the Americas, this history has to include the long-term processes of colonization and empire-building originating from sixteenth-century Europe, and their aftermath in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia. Thus the handbook allows for both, temporal comparisons that explore continuities and changes in a long-term perspective, and regional comparisons as well as an assessment of transnational influences on the entangled relationships between and among gender, warfare and military culture. For more on the Oxford Handbook click here.

GWonline Facebook Page

The team of graduate and undergraduate students posts every week new recommendations for literature, women's autobiographies, films and websites on the theme of gender and war on the  GWonline Facebook site. Please check out the site and if you like it let them know.