Gabrielle Petit: The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World War

Gabrielle Petit: The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World War

By: Sophie de Schaepdrijver (author)Hardback

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In central Brussels stands a statue of a young woman. Built in 1923, it is the first monument to a working-class woman in European history. Her name was Gabrielle Petit. History has forgotten Petit, an ambitious and patriotic Belgian, executed by firing squad in 1916 for her role as an intelligence agent for the British Army. After the First World War she was celebrated as an example of stern endeavour, but a hundred years later her memory has faded. In the first part of this historical biography Sophie De Schaepdrijver uses Petit's life to explore gender, class and heroism in the context of occupied Europe. Petit's experiences reveal the reality of civilian engagement under military occupation and the emergence of modern espionage. The second part of the book focuses on the legacy and cultural memory of Petit and the First World War. By analysing Petit's representation in ceremony, discourse and popular culture De Schaepdrijver expands our understanding of remembrance across the 20th century.

About Author

Sophie De Schaepdrijver is Associate Professor of History at Penn State University, USA. She is an award-winning historian of the social and cultural history of the First World War.


Introduction Prologue Part 1: Life Chapter 1: Disinheritance, 189 3- 1914 Chapter 2: Engagement, August 1914 - August 1915 Chapter 3: War Work, August 1915 - February 1916 Chapter 4: Confrontation, February 1916 - March 1916 Chapter 5: 'Utterly Alone', March 1916 - November 1918 Part 2: Memory Chapter 6: Memory Agents, 1918 - 1919 Chapter 7: National Heroine, 1919 - 1923 Chapter 8: Palimpsest, 1919 - 2003 Conclusion Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781472590879
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781472590879
  • weight: 558
  • ISBN10: 1472590872

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