Chapter 27: Abstract

War and Gender:  From the Global Cold War and the Wars of Decolonization to the Conflicts of the Post-Cold War Era

Karen Hagemann (UNC–Chapel Hill, Department of History) and Sonya Rose (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of History) 

Abstract

The chapter focuses on the development from the Cold War era and anticolonial struggle to the global conflicts of the post-Cold War era. It begins with an overview of the complex features of a period that starts with the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the rise and consequences of the Cold War and its proxy wars, and the wars of decolonization leading to the decline of empires. It then turns to the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold war and the proliferation of wars of globalization along with new forms of humanitarianism and peace keeping.  The last and main section discusses how the reorganization the world following the Second World War, the Cold War and the Wars of Globalization were gendered.

Keywords

Cold War, proxy wars, wars of decolonization, domesticity, displaced persons, Greek Civil War, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Korean War, Algerian War, New Wars, Sexual violence, Female Soldiers, Gay Rights, United Nations, wars of globalization, Humanitarianism.

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