German Women and War, 1500-1800

TitleGerman Women and War, 1500-1800
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsWilson, Peter H.
JournalWar in History
Date Published04/1996

This study seeks to widen the parameters by exploring the relationship of German women to war, and their role in the armed forces of the various states that made up the Holy Roman Empire. It will exclude those general aspects of the impact of war which differed little from those affecting male civilians, in favour of investigating the position of women who were involved by direct contact with the military establishment. It will also question the prevailing view that the exclusion of women from the armed forces came with the militarization of the support services in the later eighteenth century, arguing instead that this occurred earlier and was influenced by wider changes in social and moral outlook beyond purely military concerns.

Reprint EditionRepublished in: Jeremy Black, ed., Warfare in Europe 1650–1792. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 45–78.
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