• Dalea BeanEmail author


The first chapter introduces the main themes and concepts in the book as well as a justification for the research. It undertakes a broad conceptualisation of gender and warfare, particularly through feminist perspectives, and highlights the key literature and trends on the topic of femininities, masculinities and the World Wars from experts in the field. The chapter also situates Jamaican women’s pre-1914 interactions with resistance to enslavement, post-slavery revolts and exposure to warfare as embodied by Mary Seacole, as a challenge to the narrative that women are inherently ambivalent to warfare and are more naturally included to passivism. A brief overview of the chapters is also given to guide the readers through the themes and organisation of the text.


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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

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