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Women at War in the Borderlands of the Early American Northeast - The David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History (Hardback)
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Women at War in the Borderlands of the Early American Northeast - The David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/04/2018
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Across the borderlands of the early American northeast, New England, New France, and Native nations deployed women with surprising frequency to the front lines of wars that determined control of North America. Far from serving as passive helpmates in a private, domestic sphere, women assumed wartime roles as essential public actors, wielding muskets, hatchets, and makeshift weapons while fighting for their families, communities, and nations. Revealing the fundamental importance of martial womanhood in this era, Gina M. Martino places borderlands women in a broad context of empire, cultural exchange, violence, and nation building, demonstrating how women's war making was embedded in national and imperial strategies of expansion and resistance. As Martino shows, women's participation in warfare was not considered transgressive; rather it was integral to traditional gender ideologies of the period, supporting rather than subverting established systems of gender difference.

In returning these forgotten women to the history of the northeastern borderlands, this study challenges scholars to reconsider the flexibility of gender roles and reveals how women's participation in transatlantic systems of warfare shaped institutions, polities, and ideologies in the early modern period and the centuries that followed.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469640990
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


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This book is a valuable addition to the scholarship of early America, women and gender studies, and borderland history, as it more fully illuminates women's active martial activities than previous studies of this time and place. It is also useful to those seeking a better understanding of how later histories changed the historical narrative to support late-18th- and early-19th-century gendered ideologies.--Choice


Contributes new ways of thinking about early modern women's contributions in war.--William and Mary Quarterly


Martino's slim volume elucidates the complex place of colonial women along with the changing official attitudes to these women's actions. . . . Truly an important contribution.--American Historical Review

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