When the War Was Over: Women, War and Peace in Europe, 1940-1956

When the War Was Over: Women, War and Peace in Europe, 1940-1956

By: Claire Duchen (author), Irene Bandhau (author), Claire Duchen (editor), Irene Bandhau (editor)Paperback

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This work focuses on the experiences of women in Europe during the transition from war to peace. Popular images of women represent them as welcoming home the soldiers but this text asks "what happened next?"; "what did the end of the war mean for women?"; "how was the relationship between public and private altered by the war?" In the post-war decade, daily life and public life changed for women in different national contexts, most notably with the ending of fascist regimes in Germany and Italy, the re-establishment of independence in Austria and Finland, the end of the Occupation in France, Holland, Belgium and elsewhere, the descent into civil war in Greece, the realignment of European states leading to the Cold War, the Warsaw Pact, and the founding of the state of Israel. This text asks about women's part in these changes and how women and men narrate, and looks at the symbolic use made of female imagery and highlights the plasticity of the female form. The contributors use a range of methodological approaches and they encourage the reader to question traditional historiography, the nature of historical evidence, the process of memory, the disparities between official discourse and personal narrative, and between written, visual and oral accounts.

About Author

The late Claire Duchen was Honorary Senior Research Fellow in French Studies, Univeristy of Sussex, and author of Feminism in France and Women's Rights and Women's Lives in France 1844-1968. Irene Bandhauer-Schoffmann is a lecturer at the Univeristy of Linz, Austria.


Introduction, Claire Duchen and Irene Bandhauer-Schoffmann; discourses of war and gender -"it did me good in lots of ways" -British women in transition from war to peace, Penny Summerfield; mothers of the nation - postwar gendered interpretations of the experiences of Dutch resistance women, Jolande Withius; the myth of Penelope and Odysseus - an Austrian married couple narrate their wartime and post-war experiences, Ela Hornung; girlhood in transition? preparing English girls for adulthood in a reconstructed Britain, Penny Tinkler; women's fight for food - a gendered view of hunger, hoarding and blackmarketeering in Vienna after World War II, Irene Bandhauer-Schoffmann; women, politics, feminism - Italian women enter politics, Anna Rossi-Doria; the adventures of women's suffrage in Greece, Tasoula Vervenioti; communist women in Finland 1944-48 - Olga's story, Elina Katainen; women's associations in Hungary - demobilization and remobilization, 1945-51, Andrea Peto; "feminism is dead - long live feminism!" - the women's movement in France at the Liberation 1944-46, Sylvie Chaperon; "anything but a suffragette" - women's politics in Germany after 1945, Ute Gerhard; reconstructing communities - exile, return, belonging and betrayal - "a howl unheard" - women Shoah survivors displaced and re-silenced, Ronit Lentin; unwelcome in Austria - returnees and concentration camp survivors, Helga Embacher; going "home"? politics, gender and Jewishness in the return from "emigration" to East Germany, Barbara Einhorn; "the GI bride" - on the (de)construction of an Austrian postwar stereotype, Ingrid Bauer; crime and punishment in liberated France - the case of "femmes tondues", Claire Duchen.

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  • ISBN13: 9780718501808
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 274
  • ID: 9780718501808
  • weight: 389
  • ISBN10: 0718501802

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