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By Matthew Evangelista

Virginia Woolf famously wrote 'as a girl i've got no country', suggesting that ladies had little stake in protecting nations the place they're thought of second-class voters, and will as an alternative be forces for peace. but girls were perpetrators in addition to sufferers of violence in nationalist conflicts. This distinct ebook generates insights into the function of gender in nationalist violence by means of analyzing function motion pictures from various clash zones. within the conflict of Algiers, woman bombers wreck civilians whereas males gown in women's outfits to avoid the French military from shooting and torturing them. Prisoner of the Mountains indicates a Chechen woman falling in love together with her Russian captive as his mom attempts to rescue him. delivering old and political context to those and different motion pictures, Evangelista identifies the main position that fiscal decline performs in threatening masculine id and galvanizing the misogynist violence that frequently accompanies nationalist wars.

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