Chapter 26: Abstract

War and Gender: From the Global Cold War to the Conflicts of the Post-Cold War Eraan Overview

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

In Oxford Handbook of Gender, War, and the Western World since 1600, ed. by Karen Hagemann et al. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 635-76.


The chapter focuses on the development from the Global Cold War era and anticolonial struggle to the global conflicts of the post-Cold War period. It first provides an overview of the complex features of a period that starts in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, continues with the rise of the Global Cold War , the Wars of Decolonization in Asia and Africa, and finally the decline of European empires. Then it explores the consequences of the collapse of communism, the end of the Global Cold War, and the proliferation of Wars of Globalization along with new forms of humanitarianism and peacekeeping. In the last section it discusses the research by gender scholars from different disciplines on the Global Cold War and the Wars of Globalization and their attempts to rewrite mainstream narratives.


Post-1945; Cold  War; Wars of Decolonization; Wars of Globalization;  proxy wars; new wars; United Nations; peace keeping; humanitarianism; gender.

Part IV: "From the Global Cold War to the Conflicts of the Post-Cold War Era" of the Oxford Handbook of Gender, War and the Western World since 1600.

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