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Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare

This book fills a gap in the historiographical and theoretical fields of race, gender, and war. In brief, Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare (RGMWW) offers an introduction into how cultural constructions of identity are transformed by war and how they in turn influence the nature of military institutions and conflicts. Focusing on the modern West, this project begins by introducing the contours of race and gender theories as they have evolved and how they are employed by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and other scholars. The project then mixes chronological narrative with analysis and historiography as it takes the reader through a series of case studies, ranging from the early nineteenth century to the Global War of Terror. The purpose throughout is not merely to create a list of so-called "great moments" in race and gender, but to create a meta-landscape in which readers can learn to identify for themselves the disjunctures, flaws, and critical synergies in the traditional memory and history of a largely monochrome and male-exclusive military experience. The final chapter considers the current challenges that Western societies, particularly the United States, face in imposing social diversity and tolerance on statist military structures in a climates of sometimes vitriolic public debate. RGMWW represents our effort to blend race, gender, and military war, to problematize these intersections, and then provide some answers to those problems.
Foreword by Dennis E. Showalter

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David Ulbrich, Norwich University; Bobby A. Wintermute, Queens College-CUNY


"Traditional courses on military history can easily add fresh materials from [Race and Gender in Modern Western War] in many lectures. Specialists in the new military history will be delighted with the broad sweep in terms of topics and geography. Teachers of civilian history will be amazed at how useful the military experience has been in revealing those issues of race and gender that remain a paramount interest in our time." D’Ann Campbell, Journal of Military History "Bobby Wintermute and David Ulbrich’s Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare is a long overdue synthesis of modern historiography on the intersections of war, race, and gender. . . This book shows how cultural constructions of identity within societies and military institutions can be significantly altered by war. It also reveals that how conflicts are fought is often influenced by popular understandings of race and gender." Mark Folse, Journal fo Military History "[...] Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare [ist] ein empfehlenswerter Einstieg in das Thema und die Forschung."Karen Hagemann in: H-Soz-Kult (17.04.2019), http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2019-2-052 "This work is not merely a trailblazer, but a pathfinder that successfully establishes race and gender as self-sustaining elements of analyzing the causes, nature, and effects of warmaking."Dennis E. Showalter, author of Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-1918 "Wintermute and Ulbrich have written an essential primer for anyone interested in the complex synergies between gender, race, and war. Through an extensive use of historical case studies, they build a convincing case for the centrality of social identity in any understanding of military conflict."Joanna Bourke, author of Wounding the World and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London
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