Female Patriots: Women, War and the Nation in the Period of the Prussian-German Anti-Napoleonic Wars

TitleFemale Patriots: Women, War and the Nation in the Period of the Prussian-German Anti-Napoleonic Wars
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
JournalGender and History
Volume16
Issue3
Pagination396-424
Date Published2004
Abstract

The period of the wars against Napoleon between 1806 and 1815 represents a central phase in German history for the formation of a national political culture organised along gender lines. Acting as a sort of catalyst, these wars accelerated and intensified the nationalisation of the gender order and the ‘gendering’ of the nation, and also permanently influenced the fundamental structures of the relationship between women, the state and the nation. The article analyses the contents and forms of patriotic national women's activities during this period, as well as the ways in which they were perceived and judged in public discourse. In so doing, it explores the relationship between women, war and the nation.

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