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Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights

Edited by: Elizabeth D. Heineman

Drawing on examples from the ancient world to the two world wars, from the conquest of the Americas to Muslim Central Asia, this collection of essays brings together historical work with human rights scholarship to explore the history of wartime sexual violence, its long-term consequences, and transitions to peacetime society.

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Elizabeth D. Heineman is Associate Professor of History and of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa.


"[Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones] makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the relationship between sexual violence and periods of conflict."—Women's Review of Books

"The chapters in Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones provide in-depth analyses of pre-1990s episodes of sexual violence in conflict. . . . The book should be read by all researchers investigating contemporary issues of sexual violence in conflict to gain a deeper understanding of the functions of sexual violence in these conflicts."—Human Rights Quarterly

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