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Aftermaths of War: Women’s Movements and Female Activists, by Edited by Ingrid Sharp and Matthew Stibbe

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First and foremost this meant action designed to demobilise and dismantle the hatreds that had built up between nations before and during the 1914/18 period. 69 However, while female anti-war campaigners often took on the difficult work of cultural demobilisation in national settings, both in cooperation with and separately from their male counterparts, there was little evidence of any shared, transnational vision of peace in the immediate post-war period. Thus some women’s movements, particularly in France and Belgium, but also further afield in Britain and America, demanded harsh punishment of Germany and Austria, including the women of those nations, as the precondition for any lasting peace.

Meanwhile, the only woman whose war service was positively commemorated in official and popular representations of the war across the English- and French-speaking world was the British nurse Edith Cavell, executed by the Germans in October 1915 for helping stranded Allied servicemen to escape from occupied Belgium. ╯269 and 284–94. ╯203. ╯9–10. Even Cavell’s oftquoted final words were used to emphasise her non-partisan and apolitical, “feminine” nature: “I know now that patriotism is not enough; I must have no hatred and no bitterness toward anyone”.

2008) Pazifismus in der internationalen Frauenbewegung (1914-1920): Handlungsspielräume, politische Konzeptionen und gesellschaftliche Auseinandersetzungen (Essen: 2008). Wingfield, N. M. and Bucur, M. eds. (2006) Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (Bloomington and Indianapolis: 2006). Winter, J. (1995) Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (Cambridge: 1995). ———╯ (2010) “Demography”, in A Companion to World War I, ed. John Horne (Oxford: 2010) 248–62.

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