Reflections on the Gender Aspects of World War One: Commemoration Projects and Historiography in Hungary

TitleReflections on the Gender Aspects of World War One: Commemoration Projects and Historiography in Hungary
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAcsády, Judit, Zsolt Mészáros, and Máté Zombory
JournalHomme: Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft
Volume29
Issue2
Start Page65
Pagination65-78
Date Published07/2018
Abstract

The commemoration of the 100th year anniversary of the First World War in Hungary attracted significant attention. A large number of public events, conferences, ex­hibitions and publications were devoted to the centenary, several of them centrally launched and state-funded projects; universities and associations organised conferences and other events. The paper examines how these centenary projects represented gender and war. Most of them confined themselves to describing the gendered dichotomy of the front and the home front, details of men’s and women’s ‘roles’ and gendered practices in society. Some of them also focused on the discussion of how certain female roles have changed mostly on the home front. The centenary projects were presented predominantly in the framework of traditional historical approaches. Only some of them challenged previously accepted discourses.

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