The Great War and the Triumph of Sexual Division (CXX)

TitleThe Great War and the Triumph of Sexual Division (CXX)
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsFrançoise Thébaud
Book TitleA History of Women. Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century
PublisherHarvard University Press
CityCambridge, MA

This book chapter considers the development of women's history through the lenses of the social and cultural changes wrought by World War I and the catalyst of revised female roles in wartime which both challenged and stabilized the pre-existing gender order.

The chapter is included in volume 5 of A History of Women in the West, subtitled Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century.  

"The work examines the social factors of the 20th century in the context of traditional women’s issues. The consequences of Freud and Marx; two world wars; nationalism and fascism; reproductive legislation; the bioethical rights of family members; and the feminist movement...”—Library Journal

Has the worst of times for humanity—this century bloodied by wars and revolutions without precedent in history—been the best of times for women? How have the promises of freedom, parity with men, full participation in society, actually been met amid all the transformations and upheavals the twentieth century has witnessed? This fifth volume in the world-acclaimed series brings the history of women up to the present, placing it in the context of momentous events and profound social changes that have marked our time. Abstract from publisher's website


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