Feminism, War, and Peace Politics:The Case of World War I

TitleFeminism, War, and Peace Politics:The Case of World War I
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsBerkman, Joyce
EditorElshtain, Jean Bethke, and Sheila Tobias
Book TitleWomen, Militarism, and War: Essays in History, Politics, and Social Theory
Pagination141-160
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
CitySavage, MD
Abstract

A gender-focused discourse on peace has long been a subtheme of a more general inquiry into the nature and causes of war. The question is whether women have a special interest in and propensity for nonviolence; whether their gender, rooted as it is in their potential or acutal maternal experience, makes a distinctive contribution toward promoting peace. Women's attitudes toward and willingness to participate in war varies substantially from one historic period to another, and from culture to culture. The subject of this essay is the unsettling and divisive effect that World War I had on feminism and pacifism. [author]

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