Soviet Women on the Frontline in the Second World War: Soviet Woman Combatants in the Great…

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

byRoger D. Markwick, Euridice Charon Cardona

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More than 800,000 Soviet women fought against Hitler's onslaught during the 'Great Patriotic War,' 1941-45. Female participation in military conflict on such a scale is historically unique. This is the first comprehensive study of the hitherto largely hidden history of the crucial role women played in the defeat of fascism on the Eastern Front.

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More than 800,000 Soviet women fought against Hitler's onslaught during the 'Great Patriotic War,' 1941-45. Female participation in military conflict on such a scale is historically unique. This is the first comprehensive study of the hitherto largely hidden history of the crucial role women played in the defeat of fascism on the Easte...

ROGER MARKWICK is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle, Australia. His Rewriting History in Soviet Russia: The Politics of Revisionist Historiography in the Soviet Union, 1956-1974 (Palgrave: 2001) won the Alexander Nove Prize in Russian, Soviet, and Post-Sovi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230579523

ISBN - 13:9780230579521

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Making of the Frontovichki
'War is not women's business'
Sisters of Mercy
'Falcons' and 'Witches'
Behind Enemy Lines
Mass Mobilization
Women's Volunteer Rifle Brigade
The Sniper Movement
Epilogue: Half-hidden from History
Bibliography & Sources











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'A brilliant, evocative, and meticulously researched book about an important and intriguing topic. Why did so many Soviet women bear arms between 1941 and 1945? How did their experience as warriors change their lives? This is a 'must read' not only for people passionate about Soviet history, but for anyone thinking seriously about the relationship between militarism and femininity.' - Prof.Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK 'The first comprehensive study in English of Soviet women on the Eastern Front in the 'Great Patriotic War', this book uses a wealth of sources to reveal the array of military roles women undertook, and their aftermath. At times a harrowing story, anyone interested in the Second World War, the Soviet Union and women's history will gain fresh insights from this meticulously researched book. A must and a pleasure to read!' - Prof.Beate Fieseler, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany With strokes both broad-brush and deft, Roger Markwick and Euridice Charon Cardona reconstruct the panoply of roles performed by Soviet women at the front during the Great Patriotic War. They also analyze what it meant to these women who served their country, what motivated them, and how the country reacted to their service and their sacrifices. In recounting Soviet women's violation of numerous conventions, the authors boldly challenge the conventional wisdom among scholars. This is thus not only an exciting book, but an important one too. - Prof.Lewis Siegelbaum, Michigan State University, USA"This truly impressive book is an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of women and war and of Soviet social history in wartime...the closest thing yet to a single-volume overview of Soviet military women during World War II. The research conducted...is outstanding...deftly combin[ing] published and archival materials...[A] model of readable and fascinating scholarship." - Reine Pennington, Slavic Review "The strengths of this work lie not only in the comprehensive approach but also in the detailed descriptions of women who participated...This is the most thorough examination of women on the frontlines during the Great Patriotic War, and thus is a valuable contribution to scholarship on the topic." - Laurie Stoff, American Historical Review"The book offers a nuanced analysis of the state efforts to provide for the younger generations. This book is recommended to anyone who wishes to understand the impact of war on Soviet society and to make sense of the relationship that developed between the regime and its female citizens." - Olga Kucherenko, Australian Journal of Politics and History "This excellent book tells the story of the participation of these women in a genocidal and misogynist war of unprecedented scale and violence. [T]he book makes important contributions to the understanding of Soviet women's participation in modern industrialized warfare, the nature of the Stalinist state, and women's place within wider society. It is a well written and painstakingly researched study." - Robert Dale, Comparativ Shortlisted for the General History Prize of the 2013 NSW Premier's History Awards (Australia)