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“The Blood of Our Sons”

Men, Women and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 1-13
  3. Propaganda and the Public Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 17-33
    3. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 35-51
    4. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 53-69
  4. Shaming Rituals and Sexual Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 73-97
    3. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 117-141
  5. The Cultural Construction of the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 145-166
    3. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 167-194
    4. Nicoletta F. Gullace
      Pages 195-198
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-284

About this book


In this ground-breaking study of the complex relationship between war, gender, and citizenship in Great Britain during World War I, Nicoletta Gullace shows how the assault on civilian masculinity led directly to women's suffrage. Through recruiting activities such as handing out white feathers to reputed 'cowards' and offering petticoats to unenlisted 'shirkers', female war enthusiasts drew national attention to the fact that manhood alone was an inadequate marker of civic responsibility. Proclaiming women's exemplary service to the nation, feminist organizations tapped into a public culture that celebrated military service while denigrating those who opposed the war. Drawing on the vast range of popular and official sources, Gullace reveals that the war had revolutionary implications for women who wished to vote and for men who were expected to fight.


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About the authors

NICOLETTA GULLACE is the Hortense Cavis Shepherd Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA, where she teaches History and International Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Well-written, lively and convincing' - Bertrand Taithe, War in History