By Linda Grant De Pauw
Masking hundreds of thousands of years and spanning the globe, Linda provide De Pauw explores the numerous roles ladies have performed in conflict, as warriors, nurses, spies, intercourse staff, other halves, moms of infantrymen, intercourse employees, leaders of armies into conflict and as luggage companies marching within the rear. 24 illustrations.
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The reality of women's experience is distorted by focusing exclusively on exceptional females, but it is also distorted by focusing only on the most typical. To achieve an accurate perspective, the student of women's military history must use a wide-lens camera. That means awareness of greater varieties of military roles than are normally considered and sensitivity to overlapping roles. In any given war, a military participant may at one time lead troops against an enemy position and at other times peel potatoes, dig latrines, polish boots, or treat a buddy's frostbitten feet.
As the species developed intellectually, humans became aware of their own mortality, and birth and death became awesome events. Women's bodies, in particular, seemed to contain magical forces. The monthly bleeding that is not an injury is, even today, the subject of superstitious attention, and in primitive cultures men feared they might die if a menstruating woman prepared their food, touched them, or merely looked at them intently. Lactation was equally awe-inspiring, as the mother produced food for an infant out of her own body.
The history of warfare is full of abominations and atrocities perpetrated by both men and women, and the written sources, primary and secondary, are full of misogyny. I could not exclude this unpleasant material entirely without falsifying the narrative, but I made a deliberate choice to keep it to a minimum. I wrote this book to serve the needs of a diverse readership. Radicals and conservatives and moderates of many varieties will find material here both to support and to challenge their perspectives.
Battle cries and lullabies: women in war from prehistory to the present by Linda Grant De Pauw