Sexual Violence and Family Honor: British Propaganda and International Law during the First World War

TitleSexual Violence and Family Honor: British Propaganda and International Law during the First World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsGullace, Nicoletta F.
JournalThe American Historical Review
Volume102
Issue3
Pagination714-747
Date Published06/1997
Abstract

The author argues in this article that, in an effort to appeal to a wider public audience and justify their entrance and great losses in World War I, Britain shifted its initial rhetoric of German's violation of interational law and the wider legl and moralistic implications of such a breach, to a gendered discourse that centered on German's invasion of neutral Belgium. By widely disseminating and publishing the atrocities Germans committed in neutral Belgium, as well as comparing the invasion to the rape of a woman's body, British discourse on the war became deeply gendered and those effects have lasted into the present day in the way nations discuss war and their enemies.

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