British women of the Eastern Front

War, writing and experience in Serbia and Russia, 1914-20

By Angela Smith

British women of the Eastern Front


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3429-5
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £26.00
  • Published Date: August 2018
  • BIC Category: Social & cultural history, History, First World War, Gender studies: women & girls, European history, HISTORY / Women, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Military / World War I, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / First World War, Humanities / European history, Modern History, Eastern Europe, c 1910 to c 1919


British women of the Eastern Front explores the experiences of a range of women from the early days of 1914, through the big events of the war on the Eastern Front. Their diaries, letters, memoirs and journalism are used to investigate the extraordinary role played by British women during the fall of Serbia, the Russian Revolution and the final push, and their role in reconstruction following the Armistice. These women, and their writings, are examined through the multiple lenses of gender, nationality, patriotism, imperialism and legacy, but the book also tells the stories of individuals, and will appeal across audiences to students, researchers and general readers. This is the first book to examine the war in the East through the eyes of British women and as such makes an important contribution to First World War Studies.


'Smith presents an inspiring book, which is the first to be published on the work of British Women focused on the Eastern Front.'
Angelique Leszczawski-Schwerk (Technical University Dresden/Germany), L'Homme. Z.F.G." vol. 29, no. 2/2018


Introduction: The road East
1. Travel writers and romantics
2. Early days: the typhus colony and other stories
3. Role call? The female body and gender Identity on the Eastern Front
4. Waiting for the Allies: prisoners of war
5. Domestic survival strategies: the Serbian Retreat, 1915
6. The road to revolution: Russia 1916-17
7. The aftermath and the legacy
Select bibliography


Angela K. Smith is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Plymouth

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