Taken By Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe during WWII

Hardcover | July 15, 2007

byJ. Robert Lilly

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Sociologist and criminologist Professor Bob Lilly makes unprecedented use of military records and trial transcripts to throw light on one of the overlooked consequences of the US Army's presence in Western Europe between 1942 and 1945: the rape of an estimated 14,000 civilian women in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. By focusing on a group of men - the 'greatest generation' - more commonly idolized in the Western historical imagination, the study makes an important and original contribution to our understanding of sexual violence in armed conflict. Taken by Force speaks as often as possible through the protagonists themselves and examines the differing social contexts prevailing in each country where the crimes were committed. Attention is also given to the racial dimension of this issue: the disproportionate number of black GIs prosecuted and the relative harshness of their sentences when convicted.

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Sociologist and criminologist Professor Bob Lilly makes unprecedented use of military records and trial transcripts to throw light on one of the overlooked consequences of the US Army's presence in Western Europe between 1942 and 1945: the rape of an estimated 14,000 civilian women in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. By focusing...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.81 × 5.77 × 0.8 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023050647X

ISBN - 13:9780230506473

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Table of Contents

Preface by Fabrice Virgili * Introduction * The Crime * Wartime Rape * England: White Women * France: Breaking and Entering * Germany: Operation Plunder * Punishment and Context: Wartime Justice * Epilogue *