Restaging War In The Western World: Noncombatant Experiences, 1890-Today

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

EditorMaartje Abbenhuis, Sara Buttsworth

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Drawing on an eclectic array of historical and cultural studies, this collection seeks to move the perspectives that are marginal to mainstream war stories, namely those of non-combatants, to center stage. It does so through analyzing the ways in which wars, real and imagined, impact (and have impacted) individuals all over the western world. This book illustrates the ever-present reality of war since the late nineteenth century, affecting adults and children alike, regardless of whether they are the participants in, or the witnesses of, theatres of conflict.

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Drawing on an eclectic array of historical and cultural studies, this collection seeks to move the perspectives that are marginal to mainstream war stories, namely those of non-combatants, to center stage. It does so through analyzing the ways in which wars, real and imagined, impact (and have impacted) individuals all over the western...

Maartje Abbenhuis is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are the history of European neutrality from the Napoleonic era to the Second World War as well as historical investigations of borderland theory. Her first book, The Art of Staying Neutral: The Netherlands in the First...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.56 × 5.72 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230612660

ISBN - 13:9780230612662

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Introduction: Onto center stage: Warfare in the western world Sara Buttsworth & Maartje Abbenhuis * Gilt epaulettes for a gilded age: Citizen volunteers and martial culture in post-Civil War New York Mark A. Potter * Patterns from the guardians of neutrality: Women Social Democrats in Sweden and their resistance against civil defense, 1939 – 1940 Irene Andersson * Bride ship, brothel ship: Images of war brides arriving in New Zealand in the 1940s Gabrielle A. Fortune * Innocence and punishment: The war experiences of the children of Dutch Nazi collaborators Ismee Tames * The child soldier in literature or how Johnny Tremain became Johnny Mad Dog David Rosen * From bedpans to bulldogs: Lottie: Gallipoli Nurse and the pitfalls of presenting war to the young Sara Buttsworth * ‘We aren’t playing that passive role any longer’: American women’s protest of the Vietnam War Penelope Adams Moon * Mixed messages: Gender, peace, and the mainstream media in Australia, 1983-1984 Suellen Murray * The war at home: Toys, media, and play as war work * Karen J. Hall

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"There is a rapidly expanding literature on the cultural history of civilians in modern warfare. But Abbenhuis and Buttsworth bring new subjects to the table, both methodologically and geographically."--Leonard V. Smith, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, Oberlin College"[Abbenhuis and Buttsworth] have collected essays that emphasize the nexus of both antiwar and anti-military thought with feminist perspectives, stressing ways in which women have contributed to modern pacifism or have been deprived of recognition for their contributions to the culture of war. Especially engaging are the essays detailing the efforts of women social democrats in WWII Sweden to work for peace and still contribute to civil defense, and the plight of war brides coming to New Zealand and the mixed perceptions with which they were received." --CHOICE