Introduction: Abstract

Introduction: Gender and the History of War—The Development of the Reserach

(Karen Hagemann, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

In Oxford Handbook of Gender, War, and the Western World since 1600, ed. by Karen Hagemann et al. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1-34.


The introduction provides a broad overview of the development and state of research on the subject of gender and war in political and social sciences as well as history, and discusses the understanding of the central concepts “gender,” “war,” “violence,” and “sexual violence” used in the handbook. It furthermore discusses in more detail the aims, central questions, theoretical approach, and regional and temporal focus as well as the organization of the handbook, which starts from the assumption that gender, an amalgam of ideals and practices that give meaning to and socially differentiate male and female, contributed to the shaping of warfare and related to it the military and was at the same time transformed by them. The handbook thus suggests a closer integration of the approaches of the history of military and war and gender history.


Historiography on gender; historiography on war; gender theory; gender methodology; gender, concept of; war, concept of; violence, concept of; sexual violence, concept of.

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