Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present

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University of Oklahoma Press, Aug 1, 2000 - History - 418 pages
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In this groundbreaking work, which covers thousands of years and spans the globe, Linda Grant 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.

Beginning with the earliest archaeological evidence of warfare and ending with the dozens of wars in progress today, Battle Cries and Lullabies demonstrates that warfare has always and everywhere involved women. Following an introductory chapter on the questions raised about women's participation in warfare, the book presents a documented, chronological survey linked to familiar models of military history.

De Pauw provides historical context for current public policy debates over the role of women in the military. "Whether one applauds or deplores their presence and their actions, women have always been part of war. To ignore this fact grossly distorts our understanding of human history."

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION DEFINITIONS AND PRESUPPOSITIONS
1
What Is War?
9
Finding the Women in War
16
A Note on History and Public Policy
25
PREHISTORY
26
One Hundred Thousand Years of Peace
27
Learning War
33
Old Testament Wars
36
The American Civil War
147
THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM
174
African Warrior Women
179
India
184
The Boer War
191
American Overseas Imperialism
201
China
203
THE GREAT WAR
207

Assyrians
39
Egyptians
42
Libyan Amazons
43
Scythian Amazons
46
The Trojan War
48
The Amazonomachy
52
CLASSICAL WARFARE
55
The Greeks Discover War
56
The Persian Empire
57
The Early Greek Wars
59
The Persian Wars
60
The Peloponnesian War
62
The Rise of Macedon
64
Alexander the Great
65
The Roman Way of War
67
EUROPEAN WARFARE
81
Cristian Europe
82
The Crusades
87
The Mongol Invasion
93
The Hundred Years of War
94
Military Prostitution
96
The Thirty Years War
100
Women Soldiers
104
THE AGE OF REVOLUTION
110
The American Revolution
115
The French Revolution
131
The Napoleonic Wars
135
NINETEENTHCENTURY WARFARE
142
The Crimean War
143
Women Soldiers
210
Noncombatant Women at the Front
216
Womens Auxiliaries
221
American Women in the Military
225
Women Remember the Great War
229
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
231
Blitzkrieg
232
Partisan Warfare
235
The Soviet Union
239
Germany
245
The United States
247
Japan
259
World War II and Historical Memory
262
THE COLD WAR
263
The Korean Police Action
266
The Vietnam Conflict
267
The AllVolunteer Military
274
The Israeli Experience
281
Urban Guerrilla Warfare
286
THIRD WORLD WARS
289
Women Combatants around the World
290
The Last Superpower
294
The New World Disorder
295
Humanitarians
298
Warriors for the New Millennium
300
Notes
303
Works Cited
352
Index
378
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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. She is the author of Founding Mothers: Women of America in the Revolutionary Era, "Remember the Ladies": Women in America, 1750-1815, and Seafaring Women.

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