Secondary Literature on the Colonial Wars of the long 19th Century

This collection includes secondary literature on the themes covered by the Oxford Handbook on Gender, War and the Western World since 1600. We have also added selected secondary literature on regions and themes that the handbook does not cover. The majority of the texts are in English with some texts in French, German or Russian.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Imperial Conquest of Africa (1880–1914)
  • Spanish–American War (1898)
  • Boer/South African War (1899–1902)
  • Philippine-American War (1899–1902)

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Abreu, Martha. "Slave Mothers and Freed Children: Emancipation and Female Space in Debates on the ‘Free Womb’ Law, Rio de Janeiro, 1871." Journal of Latin American Studies 28, no. 3 (1996): pp. 567-580.
Aldrich, Robert. Colonialism and Homosexuality. London; New York: Routledge, 2003.
Aldrich, Robert and Kirsten McKenzie, eds. The Routledge History of Western Empires. London; New York: Routledge, 2014.
Alvah, Donna. "U.S. Military Wives in the Philippines, from the Philippine War to World War II." In A Companion to Women's Military History, edited by Barton C. Hacker and Margaret Vining, pp. 431-452. Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2012.
Astor, Gerald. The Right To Fight: A History Of African Americans In The Military. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1998.
Bayly, Christopher Alan. The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2004.
Bechev, Dimitar and Kalypso Nicolaïdis, eds. Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Conflict and Memory in a Transnational World. London: Tauris, 2010.
Belkin, Aaron. Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire, 1898-2001. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
Bender, Daniel E., and Jana K. Lipman. Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism. New York: New York University Press, 2015.
Benjamin, Thomas. Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.
Benton, Elbert J. International Law and Diplomacy of the Spanish-American War. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1968.
Berenson, Edward. Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
Berman, Russell A. Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.
Berry, Marie E. War, women, and power: from violence to mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Black, Jeremy. European Warfare, 1815-2000. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.
Black, Jeremy. Warfare in the Western World, 1882–1975. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
Blom, Ida, Karen Hagemann and Catherine Hall, eds. Gendered Nations: Nationalisms and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century. Oxford, UK; New York: Berg, 2000.
Bloxham, Donald and A. Dirk Moses, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Boddy, Janice. Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Bosbach, Franz, Keith Robbins and Karina Urbach, eds. Birth or Talent? The Formation of Elites in a British–German Comparison. Munich: De Gruyter, 2003.
Bouvier, Virginia Marie. Whose America?: The War of 1898 and the Battles to Define the Nation. Westport, CT: Praeger , 2001.
Bowen, Warren H. and José E. Alvarez, eds. A Military History of Modern Spain: From the Napoleonic Era to the International War on Terror. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007.
Bradford, Helen. Regendering Africanerdom: The 1899–1902 Anglo-Boer War, pp. 207-229. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2000.
Brewer, Susan A. Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Brown, Michael. "Cold Steel, Weak Flesh: Mechanism, Masculinity and the Anxieties of Late Victorian Empire." Cultural and Social History 14, no. 2 (2017): pp. 155-181.
Burbank, Jane, and Frederick Cooper. Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
Burbank, Jane. "Sovereignity and Empire: Nineteenth-Century Europe and Its Near Abroad." In Empires in world history : power and the politics of difference, edited by Frederick Cooper, pp. 331-368. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2010.
Burton, Antoinette M., ed. Gender, Sexuality, and Colonial Modernities. London; New York: Routledge, 1999.
Cabanes, Bruno. The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Callwell, Charles E. Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice. London: Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Harrison and Sons, 1896.
Porch, R. Douglas, ed. Callwell, C. E. Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice. 3rd ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996.
Cannadine, David. Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Cardoza, Thomas. Intrepid Women: Cantinières and Vivandières of the French Army. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
Checkland, Olive and Margaret Lamb, eds. Health Care as Social History: The Glasgow Case. Aberdeen, UK: Aberdeen University Press, 1982.
Clayton, Anthony, and Donald Cockfield Savage. Government and Labour in Kenya, 1895–1963. London, UK: Frank Cass Publishers, 1974.
Clodfelter, Micheal. Warfare and Armed Conflicts: A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures, 1618-1991. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1992.
Cole, Sarah. Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

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