"German Women Help to Win!": Women and the German Military in the Age of World Wars

Title"German Women Help to Win!": Women and the German Military in the Age of World Wars
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
EditorHacker, Barton C., and Margaret Vining
Book TitleHistory of Warfare: A Companion to Women's Military History
CityLeiden ; Boston

Volume Abstract: Military institutions have everywhere and always shaped the course of history, but women’s near universal participation in them has largely gone unnoticed. This volume addresses the changing relationships between women and armed forces from antiquity to the present. The eight chapters in Part I present broad, scholarly reviews of the existing literature to provide a clear understanding of where we stand. An extended picture essay documents visually women’s military work since the sixteenth century. The book’s second part comprises eight exemplary articles, more narrowly focused than the survey articles but illustrating some of their major themes. Military history will benefit from acknowledging women’s participation, as will women’s history from recognizing military institutions as major factors in molding women’s lives.

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