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Attitudes to gender and race in France during World War One

Cockburn, Joshua 2005. Attitudes to gender and race in France during World War One. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the impact that the First World War had on French thinking about race and gender. It argues ideas about those two categories were strongly linked at the time. It argues that the often dramatic changes of the war were understood within a framework of pre-war ideas which helped to both determine and explain the behaviour of different sexes and different races during the conflict. These ideas were adaptable and sometimes contradictory which allowed them to be utilised to describe changing circumstances in ways that did not undermine traditional thinking. While there was uncertainty over the categories of gender and race during the war, it largely followed the pattern of pre-war debates and resulted in little more disruption to established ideas than those debates had.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > DC France
ISBN: 9781303173974
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 06:02
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/54260

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