Race, Sex & Gender in 20th Century Military History

New York University, Spring 2013 (HIST-GA.3022.001)
Independent Study

Co-taught with Valerie Deacon
This course focuses on the intersections of race, sex, and gender in various military contexts over the course of the twentieth century. We will examine these intersections at moments of conflict, as well as moments of relative ‘peace’, and our geographic scope will allow us to contrast and compare these connections in various global settings.
Selected Literature:

  • Alvah, Donna. Unofficial Ambassadors: American Military Families Overseas and the Cold War, 1946-1965. New York: NYU Press, 2007.
  • Duchen, Claire. “Crime and Punishment in Liberated France: The Case of Les Femmes Tondues.” In: When the War was Over: Women, War, and Peace in Europe, 1940-1956, edited by Duchen, Claire, and Irene Bandhauer-Schöffmann, 233-249. London: Leicester University Press, 2000.
  • Firpo, Christina. “Crises of Whiteness and Empire in Colonial Indochina: The Removal of Abandoned Eurasian Children from the Vietnamese Milieu, 1890-1956,” Journal of Social History, 43:3 (Spring 2010), 587-613.
  • Firpo, Christina. “Lost Boys: ‘Abandoned’ Eurasian Children and the Management of the Racial Topography in Colonial Indochina, 1938-1945,” French Colonial History, (Vol. 8, 2007), 203-224.
  • Guglielmo, Thomas A. “’Red Cross, Double Cross’: Race and America’s World War II-Era Blood Donor Service,” The Journal of American History (2010) 97(1): 63-90.
  • Höhn, Maria, and Seungsook Moon, eds. Over There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present. Durham N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010.
  • Honey, Maureen, ed. Bitter Fruit: African American Women in World War II. Kansas: University of Missouri Press, 1999.
  • Ingimundarson, Valur. “Immunizing against the American other: Racism, nationalism, and gender in US-Icelandic military relations during the Cold War,” Journal of Cold War Studies 6, no. 4 (2004): 65-88.
  • Lee, Sabine. “A Forgotten Legacy of the Second World War: GI Children in Post-war Britain and Germany,” Contemporary European History 20, no. 02 (2011): 157-181.
  • Lentz-Smith, Adriane Danette. Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.
  • Leon Bass, Good Enough: One Man’s Memoir on the Price of the Dream. Open Door Publications, 2011.
  • Levine, Philippa. “Battle Colors: Race, Sex, and Colonial Soldiery in World War I,” Journal of Women’s History 9, no. 4 (1998): 104-130.
  • Roberts, Mary Louise. “The Price of Discretion: Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and the American Military in France, 1944–1946,” The American Historical Review 115, no. 4 (2010): 1002-1030.
  • Rose, Sonya O. “Girls and GIs: Race, Sex, and Diplomacy in Second World War Britain,” The International History Review 19, no. 1 (1997): 146-160.
  • Saada, Emmanuelle. Empire’s Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
  • Singh, Nikhil Pal. “Beyond the ‘Empire of Jim Crow’: Race and War in Contemporary U.S. Globalism,” The Japanese Journal of American Studies, No. 20 (2009): 89-111.
  • Stovall, Tyler. “Love, Labor, and Race: Colonial Men and White Women in France during the Great War,” French Civilization and Its Discontents: Nationalism, Colonialism, Race (2003): 297-321.
  • Virgili, Fabrice. “Enfants des Boches: The War Children of France,” in: Children of World War Two: The Hidden Enemy Legacy, edited by Kjersti Ericsson and Eva Simonsen, 138-151. Berg, 2005.
  • Winchell, Meghan. “’To Make the Boys Feel at Home’: USO Senior Hostesses and Gendered Citizenship,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 25, 1 (2004): 190-211.
  • Woollacott, Angela. “‘Khaki Fever’and Its Control: Gender, Class, Age and Sexual Morality on the British Homefront in the First World War,” Journal of Contemporary History (1994): 325-347.