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Battle Cries and Lullabies
Women in War from Prehistory to the Present
$21.95 Paperback

In this groundbreaking work, which covers thousands of years and spans the globe, Linda Grant De Pauw depicts women as victims and as warriors; as nurses, spies, sex workers, and wives and mothers of soldiers; as warrior queens leading armies into battle; and as baggage carriers marching in the rear.

Beginning with the earliest archaeological evidence of warfare and ending with the dozens of wars in progress today, Battle Cries and Lullabies demonstrates that warfare has always and everywhere involved women. Following an introductory chapter on the questions raised about women’s participation in warfare, the book presents a documented, chronological survey linked to familiar models of military history.

De Pauw provides historical context for current public policy debates over the role of women in the military. "Whether one applauds or deplores their presence and their actions, women have always been part of war. To ignore this fact grossly distorts our understanding of human history."


About The Author

Linda Grant De Pauw is President of the Minerva Center (an institution dedicated to studies of women in the military) and Professor Emeritus of History at George Washington University. She is the author of Founding Mothers: Women of America in the Revolutionary Era, “Remember the Ladies”: Women in America, 1750-1815, and Seafaring Women.


Reviews & Praise
"The book is a major achievement, the only work to synthesize so large a topic and make it accessible to the general reader. I found it a sure footed guide into women in the American military." Alfred Young, Newberry Library

"The wealth of evidence [Battle Cries and Lullabies] provides renders the convtroversy over women in combat almost quaint--their presence on and near the battlefield is ancient, inescapable, and irreversible." Publishers Weekly

"The book's greatest strength is its coverage. Her argument demonstrates that women have participated in warfare in all eras and all parts of the world. Her analyses of women in the era of the Crusades, the creation of nursing corps in the nineteenth century, and in the Boer Wars are particularly strong." Journal of Military History

"The analytical framework on which De Pauw hangs the narrative and anecdotes . . . allows [her] to cover not just women in combat, disguised and not, but also women as spies, nurses, and camp followers." Booklist

Book Information
22 b&w illus.
432 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-3288-4
Kindle 978-0-8061-4683-6
e-pub 978-0-8061-4684-3
Published July 2014
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