Introduction: New perspectives on first world war nursing

Christine E. Hallett, Alison S. Fell

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Anyone reading the histories of the First World War produced in the fi ve decades that followed it could have been forgiven for assuming that participation in the confl ict was an exclusively masculine experience. A pivotal moment in this trend was the publication in the 1970s of Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory,1 which is widely viewed as representing the apotheosis of this male-dominated perspective, yet which simultaneously opened the way for a new genre of writing about the First World War as a culturally transformative event.2 Responding to both the challenge and the prompt posed by Fussell’s work, women’s historians have, from the 1970s onward, worked to rectify the imbalance within the historical record: to restore women to their place in the history of the First World War. Their works collectively introduced new sources, as well as contributing to an innovative gendered understanding of war and its consequences. In a search for women who can be understood as active participants rather than passive observers of war, many historians and cultural critics began to research and consider the role, image, and experiences of First World War nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst World War Nursing
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780203448922
ISBN (Print)9780415832052
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


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