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Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present
In this work, which covers thousands of years and spans the globe, Linda Grant DePauw explores the varied roles women have played in war. De Pauw depicts women as victims and as warriors; as nurses, spies, sex workers, and wives and mothers of soldiers; as warrior queens leading armies into battle, and as baggage carriers marching in the rear.
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published October 7th 1998 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published 1998)
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Linda Grant de Pauw argues that she writes the first book that documents a history of women in the military. Not only does she do this, she attempts to structure an argument about women in war. The premise of her argument is this: women have always participated in war. This has been historically covered up and/or forgotten because war defines masculinity. Thus, if women become involved in war, it threatens the masculinity of a culture. If Linda succeeded in writing either of these books, she wou ...more
I picked this book up at a bookstore's going-out-of-business sale because it was cheap and it sounded interesting. I was a little afraid that it would be fraught with political commentary and rhetoric, but I am happy to be mistaken. The approach is very methodical and historical, telling of heroines (and villains) on both sides of many conflicts during the history of the world. While sometimes the evidence is a little sketchy, she tells us what evidence there is, and copious footnotes allow one ...more
LINDA GRANT DE PAUW is President of the Minerva Center (an institution dedicated to studies of women in the military) and Professor Emeritus of History at George Washington University.More about Linda Grant De Pauw...