Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

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While readers may feel that there are few women in history who took part in combat, the reality is that there are many well-documented female warriors, as this book showcases. The personalities are arranged in thematic chapters, which provide multiple examples of female warriors across various geographies and times. In addition, the very short biographies provided make the reading rather choppy. There are three chapters devoted to a fuller exploration of three female warriors. Footnotes at the bottom of the page are the author’s commentary, while those at the end of the book are reference citations.

While a lot of personalities are presented, not all women warriors are covered. Fuller sketches of the women covered could have been obtained through an internet search. Initially, the themes focus on family relationships, but devolve into less cohesive ones later in the book. Along with thumbnail biographies, the narrative also explores society’s prevalent views on gender during the time of the personality under discussion. The main point seems to be that gender discrimination endures across time and cultures. The text flows well, making it suitable for the general reader looking for a list of women warriors as a starting point for additional research.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Beacon Press
Publish Date 2019-02-26
ISBN 9780807064320
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Issue May 2019
Category History


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