Selected Readings on the First World War

Introductory Readings


For a general introduction into the research of gender and war, see the Oxford Handbook of Gender, War and the Western World since 1600, edited by Karen Hagemann, Stefan Dudink and Sonya O. Rose (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020). A general overview of the development of the research on gender and war can be found in its “Introduction: Gender and the History of War” by Karen Hagemann.

Part III of the Handbook on “The Age of the World Wars” includes several chapters dealing with gender and World War II from different perspectives. Chapter 15, “War and Gender: The Age of the World Wars and Its Aftermath—an Overview” by Karen Hagemann and Sonya O. Rose offers an informative introduction.

Further recommended readings from this chapter can be found in:


Many more titles you will find in GWonline. For our suggestions go here:


Book Chapters and Journal Articles

General Literature


Literature on Gender & War


Methodological Introductions

Women’s and Gender History


Military History


Film History


War in Film


Film Analysis