Amazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed as Men in the Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness

TitleAmazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed as Men in the Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsWheelwright, Julie
Number of Pages205
PublisherPandora
CityLondon; Boston
Abstract

Drawing on memoirs, letters and diaries, this book exposes the hidden history of women who chose to live, work and love as men. It reveals for the first time a long, popular tradition in Western culture, tracing these heroines from the height of their popularity in the 1700s to their re-emergence as a nation's pride and joy during the First World War. Wheelwright uncovers tales of adventure as women embark on great journeys, search for lost lovers, or simply escape the dull confines of domestic life. She shows the price these women paid for their freedom, and how changing concepts of masculinity and femininity still marshal our behavior today.

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