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Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies)


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This volume explores the role of gender on both the home and fighting fronts in eastern Europe during World Wars I and II. By using gender as a category of analysis, the authors seek to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the subjective nature of wartime experience and its representations. While historians have long equated the fighting front with the masculine and the home front with the feminine, the contributors challenge these dichotomies, demonstrating that they are based on culturally embedded assumptions

about heroism and sacrifice. Major themes include the ways in which wartime experiences challenge traditional gender roles; postwar restoration of gender order; collaboration and resistance; the body; and memory and commemoration.


Integrates gender into the broader narrative of the world wars in eastern Europe

About the Author

Nancy M. Wingfield is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. She is co-author of Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II and co-editor (with Maria Bucur) of Staging the Past: The Politics of Commemoration in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848 to the Present.

Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Associate Professor of History at Indiana University and author of Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe Nancy M. Wingfield and Maria Bucur

Part I. Challenging Gender Roles/Restoring Order

2. "Female Generals" and "Siberian Angels": Aristocratic Nurses and the Austro-Hungarian POW Relief Alon Rachamimov

3. Civilizing the Soldier in Postwar Austria Maureen Healy

4. Between Red Army and White Guard: Women in Budapest, 1919 Eliza Ablovatski

Part II. Gendered Collaborating and Resisting

5. Dumplings and Domesticity: Women, Collaboration, and Resistance in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Melissa Feinberg

6. Denouncers and Fraternizers: Gender, Collaboration, and Retribution in Bohemia and Moravia during World War II and After Benjamin Frommer

7. Family, Gender, and Ideology in World War II Latvia Mara Lazda

Part III. Remembering War: Gendered Bodies, Gendered Stories

8. Kosovo Maiden(s): Serbian Women Commemorate the Wars of National Liberation, 1912<N>1918 Melissa Bokovoy

9. Women's Stories as Sites of Memory: Gender and Remembering Romania's World Wars Maria Bucur

10. The Nation's Pain and Women's Shame: Polish Women and Wartime Violence Katherine R. Jolluck

11. "The Alienated Body": Gender Identity and the Memory of the Siege of Leningrad Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

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Product Details

Wingfield, Nancy M.
Indiana University Press
Bucur, Maria, Editor
Bucur, Maria
Bucur, Maria
Bloomington, IN
Europe - Eastern
Gender Studies
Sex role
Military - World War I
Women's Studies - General
Eastern Europe - General
Sex role -- Europe, Eastern.
Europe, Eastern History, Military.
World History-Eastern Europe
Women's Studies
Eurasian Studies; East European; Eastern Europe; Europe; Gender; History; Russian
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Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
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9.24 x 6.26 x 0.72 in

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