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48 – No(Wo)man’s Land: Writing history at the intersections of gender and First World War Studies


This month Angus, Chris and Jessica discuss Jessica’s professorial inaugural lecture, ‘No (Wo)man’s Land: writing history at the intersection of gender and First World War studies’.

Along the way we consider the problem of masculinity as an empty analytic category, the importance of the centenary for the study of the First World War and what Jessica might have done if she hadn’t gone in to academia. There is also a sneak preview of exciting forthcoming and future projects from all three of us.


Jessica Meyer, Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain (2008)
Jessica Meyer, Equal Burden: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War (2019)
Kate Adie, Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One (2013)
Kate Adie, ‘Don’t write first world war women out of history’, The Guardian, 23rd September, 2013
Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August (1962)
Deborah Thom, Nice Girls and Rude Girls: Women Workers in World War 1 (1998)
Tammy Proctor, Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War (2003)
Margaret MacMillan, Peacemakers (2001)
Adrian Gregory, The Last Great War (2008)
Jeremy Paxman, Great Britain’s Great War (2013)
John Tosh and Michael Roper (eds), Manful Assertions: Masculinities in Britain Since 1800 (1991)
Denise Riley, Am I That Name?: Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ (1988)
R.W. Connell, Masculinities (1993)
Joan W. Scott, ‘Rewriting History’ in Margaret R. Higonnet, et. al. (eds), Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (2008)
Branden Little (ed), Humanitarianism in the Era of the First World War, special issue ofFirst World War Studies, vol.5, no.1 (2014)
Heather Perry, Recycling the Disabled: Army, Medicine, and Modernity in World War I Germany (2014)
Michele Moyd, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (2014)
Susan Grayzel, Women and the First World War (2002)
Alexander Mayhew, Making Sense of the Great War: Crisis, Englishness and Morale on the Western Front (2024)
Peter Mandler, ‘The Problem with Cultural History’, Cultural and Social History, vol.1, no.1 (2004), 94-117.
Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (1975)
Robert Graves, Good-bye to All That (1929)
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
Rosa Maria Bracco, Merchants of Hope: British Middlebrow Writers and the First World War (1993)
Pat Barker, Regeneration (1991)
Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong (1993)
Alison Light, Forever England: Femininity, Literature, and Conservatism Between the Wars (1991)
Jessica Meyer, Chris Kempshall and Markus Pöhlman, ‘Life and Death of Soldiers’, 1914-18 Online, 7th February, 2022
Katherine Arden, The Warm Hands of Ghosts (2024)

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