"The Blood of Our Sons:" Men, Women, and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War

Title"The Blood of Our Sons:" Men, Women, and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGullace, Nicoletta
Number of Pages284
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
City, CountryBasingstoke, UK; New York
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In this extraordinary study of the complex relationship between war, gender, and citizenship in Great Britain during World War I, Nicoletta F. Gullace shows how the assault on civilian masculinity led directly to women's suffrage. Through recruiting activities such as handing out white feathers to reputed "cowards" and offering petticoats to unenlisted "shirkers," female war enthusiasts drew national attention to the fact that manhood alone was an inadequate marker of civic responsibility. Proclaiming women's exemplary service to the nation, feminist organizations tapped into a public culture that celebrated military service while denigrating those who opposed the war. Drawing on a vast range of popular and official sources, Gullace reveals that the war had revolutionary implications for women who wished to vote and for men who were expected to fight.

Short Title"The Blood of Our Sons"
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