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The Blood of Our Sons : Men, Women and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War - Nicoletta Gullace

The Blood of Our Sons

Men, Women and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War

Paperback Published: 3rd November 2004
ISBN: 9781403967107
Number Of Pages: 304

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In this ground-breaking study of the complex relationship between war, gender, and citizenship in Great Britain during World War I, Nicoletta Gullace shows how the assault on civilian masculinity led directly to women's suffrage. Through recruiting activities such as handing out white feathers to reputed 'cowards' and offering petticoats to unenlisted 'shirkers', female war enthusiasts drew national attention to the fact that manhood alone was an inadequate marker of civic responsibility. Proclaiming women's exemplary service to the nation, feminist organizations tapped into a public culture that celebrated military service while denigrating those who opposed the war. Drawing on the vast range of popular and official sources, Gullace reveals that the war had revolutionary implications for women who wished to vote and for men who were expected to fight.

'Well-written, lively and convincing' - Bertrand Taithe, War in History

Introductionp. 1
Propaganda and the Public Mind
The Rape of Belgium and Wartime Imaginationp. 17
The Making of Tommy Atkins: Masculinity, Propaganda, and the Triumph of Family Valuesp. 35
Redrawing the Boundaries of the Private Sphere: Patriotic Motherhood and the Raising of Kitchener's Armiesp. 53
Shaming Rituals and Sexual Identity
The Order of the White Featherp. 73
Conscription, Conscience, and the Travails of Male Citizenshipp. 99
Reinventing Womanhood: Suffragettes and the Great War for Citizenshipp. 117
The Cultural Construction of the Law
The Power of Sacrifice: "Physical Force" and Women's Workp. 145
Votes for Whom? The Ideological Origins of the Representation of the People Billp. 167
Epiloguep. 195
Notesp. 199
Selected Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9781403967107
ISBN-10: 1403967105
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 3rd November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition