Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe

ISBN-10: 0521722373

ISBN-13: 9780521722377

Edition: 2008

Authors: John A. Lynn

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Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe examines the important roles of women who campaigned with armies from 1500 to 1815. This included those notable female individuals who assumed male identities to serve in the ranks, but far more numerous and essential were the formidable women who, as women, marched in the train of armies. While some worked as full-time or part-time prostitutes, they more generally performed a variety of necessary gendered tasks, including laundering, sewing, cooking, and nursing. Early modern armies were always accompanied by women and regarded them as essential to the well-being of the troops. Lynn argues that, before 1650, women were also fundamental to armies because they were integral to the pillage economy that maintained troops in the field.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

John A. Lynn II earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of Bayonets of the Republic: Tactics and Motivation in the Army of Revolutionary France, 179194 (1984); Giant of the Grand Si�cle: The French Army, 16101715 (1997); The Wars of Louis XIV, 16671714 (1999); The French Wars 16671714: The Sun King at War (2002); and Battle: A History of Combat and Culture (2003 and 2004). He has edited The Tools of War: Ideas, Instruments, and Institutions of Warfare, 14451871 (1990) and Feeding Mars: Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present (1993). He has also published eighty chapters, articles, and papers. He has served as president of the United States Commission on Military History and as vice-president of the Society for Military History. In addition he has been awarded the Palmes Academiques at the rank of chevalier from the French government and the Wissam al Alaoui at the rank of commander from his Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

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Introduction: Identifying Issues and Questions
Situating the Story: Armies, Communities, and Women
Camp Women: Prostitutes, "Whores," and Wives
Women's Work: Gendered Tasks, Commerce, and the Pillage Economy
Warrior Women: Cultural Phenomena, Intrepid Soldiers, and Stalwart Defenders
Conclusion: Proposing Answers and Suggesting Hypotheses
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