Women Warriors: An Unexpected History




      Women Warriors: An Unexpected History
Who says women don t go to war From Vikings and African queens to cross dressing military doctors and WWII Russian fighter pilots, these are the stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor.The woman warrior is always cast as an anomaly Joan of Arc, not G.I Jane But women, it turns out, have always gone to war In this fascinating, lively, and wide ranging book, historian Pamela Toler draws from a lifetime of scouring books for mentions of women warriors to tell their stories and to consider why women go to war.Tomyris, ruler of the hard riding Massagetae, and her warriors killed Cyrus the Great of Persia when he sought to invade her lands She herself hacked off his head in revenge for the death of her son The West African ruler Amina of Hausa, a contemporary of Elizabeth I, led her fierce warriors in a campaign of territorial expansion for than thirty years Like Elizabeth, she refused to marry unlike Elizabeth, she never claimed to be a Virgin Queen Contemporary accounts of medieval sieges in Europe describe women using firearms, participating in night raids, joining in the defense of breaches in the walls, and fighting hand to hand at the improvised barricades that often provided a last line of defense Among the examples of female samurai in Japan are the Joshigun, a group of thirty seriously combat trained women who fought against the forces of the Meiji emperor in the late 19th century.These are the stories of those who commanded from the rear and those who fought in the front lines, those who fought because they wanted to, because they had to, or because they could Considering the ways in which their presence has been erased from history, Toler concludes that women have always fought not in spite of being women but because they are women. Download Women Warriors: An Unexpected History Author Pamela D. Toler – bluevapours.co.uk

I m an academic renegadeThe first day of my PhD program at University of Chicago, my advisor said, You know there are no jobs, right I knew, but I didn t care I wanted to write about history for a broader audience than the other five people interested in my dissertation topic I wanted to write for history buffs and nerdy kids and the general intelligent reader That would be you, right Officially my degree is in the history of the Indian sub continent, with strong sub fields in European imperialism and Islam I feel strongly that the West in general and Americans in particular need to knowabout the history of other parts of the world That belief is often reflected in the topics I choose to write about, whether I m working on a small story feather hats in ancient Peru, anyone or a big one Mankind the Story of All of Us These days I write about a wide range of historical topics for history buffs, nerdy kids and you get the idea On any given day I could be working on World War I recruiting posters, the mud mosques of West Africa, the first European translation of the Arabian Nights, Napoleon s invasion of Egypt, or the history of absinth At least half the time I m writing outside of my field , exploring odd corners of the past with field tested research skills, a red hot library card, and a large bump of curiosity Basically, I m interested in the times and places where two cultures meet and change each other Come along for the ride.

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      Women Warriors: An Unexpected History
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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Women Warriors: An Unexpected History
  • Pamela D. Toler
  • 09 December 2017
  • 0807064327

10 thoughts on “ Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

  1. Amalia Gavea says:

    Just so you know, the next idiot who writes to me to tell me my review is wrong gets reported You have been warnedIn the Introduction, the writer refers to Joan of Arc, Jeanne Hachette and Lakshmi Bai and then moves on toWonder Woman and a thing called Black Panther which I know nothing about, sorry To top it off, she includes war veterans in romance novels and thus, the circle of the trash is completed.I was tempted to abandon the book right there and then Seriously But I persever Just so you know, the next idiot who writes to me to tell me my review is wrong gets reported You have been warnedIn the Introduction, the writer refers to Joan of Arc, Jeanne Hachette and Lakshmi Bai and then moves on toWonder Woman and a thing called Black Panther which I know nothing about, sorry To top it off, she includes war veterans in romance novels and thus, the circle of the trash is completed.I was te...

  2. Sumit RK says:

    I am not afraid I was born to do this Joan of Arc .Throughout History, most cultures have considered warfare to be the domain of men Despite that, many fearsome female fighters have made an indelible mark on history Some are remembered in their home countries as national icons but most are either forgotten or deliberately erased from history In Women Warriors An Unexpected History, Pamela Toler not only introduces us to women who took up arms, but she also shows why they did it and wI am not afraid I was born to do this Joan of Arc .Throughout History, most cultures have considered warfare to be the domain of men Despite that, many fearsome female fighters have made an indelible mark on history Some are remembered in their home countries as national icons but most are either forgotten or deliberately erased from history In Women Warriors An Unexpected History, Pamela Toler not only introduces us to women who took up arms, but she also shows why they did it and what happened when they stepped out of their traditional female roles to take on other identities Pamela Toler s delightfully complex history of women warriors debunks the myth that women cannot be warriors It seeks out historical accounts of courageous women who have been pushed into the shadows, hidden in the footnotes, or half erased The first thing that strikes you about the book is the incredible amount of in depth research, given that the historical records of most women warriors are eith...

  3. Melisende d& says:

    The author states her intent is to bring women warriors out of the historical shadows to consider the reasons that they have taken up arms and how those reasons related to their roles and the consequences of their actions.I am actually going to be very blunt here this is very basic stuff that a good google search can produce I myself have written about over half the women mentioned have read the same books have read the same internet articles And if this is your area of interest, then yo The author states her intent is to bring women warriors out of the historical shadows to consider the reasons that they have taken up arms and how those reasons related to their roles and the consequences of their actions.I am actually going to be very blunt here this is very basic stuff that a good google search can produce I myself have written about over half the women mentioned have read the same books have read the same internet articles And if this is your area of interest, then you also have already so nothing new, no unexpected history I could literally just publish my own blog as a book which is what this looks like to me at times I felt as if I was reading my own works.T...

  4. WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker says:

    3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review In fact, women have always gone to war fighting to avenge their families, defend their homes or cities or nation , win independence from a foreign power, expand their kingdom s boundaries, or satisfy their ambition. In 2017, when the Birka Man , in fact, turned out to be the Birka Woman , I felt like women all over the world shouted a Yes collec 3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the b...

  5. Christine says:

    Disclaimer I won a copy via a giveaway on Librarything My brother reads quite a bit of John Keegan I m not entirely sure if he has read every book Keegan wrote, but it must be close Every so often I think I should read Keegan, but then I read something and go, yeah, he might be a brilliant dude, but he sounds like a bit of a dick Years ago, it was his comments during the case Irving brought against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin books Recently, it is the comments of his that Dr Toler quo Disclaimer I won a copy via a giveaway on Librarything My brother reads quite a bit of John Keegan I m not entirely sure if he has read every book Keegan wrote, but it must be close Every so often I think I should read Keegan, but then I read something and go, yeah, he might be a brilliant dude, but he sounds like a bit of a dick Years ago, it was his comments during the case Irving brought against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin books Recent...

  6. Jane says:

    Fascinating peek into the world of women as warriors Global, covering millennia of human history The author spent years gathering this information, with copious footnotes, notes, and bibliography The oldest female warriors were no doubt nomadic women of the Eurasian steppes we know this from the burial goods archaeologists have found in their kurgans, or burial mounds This holds true for the Scythians and Sarmatians of a slightly later era In ancient Greece, we have Telesilla of Argos who Fascinating peek into the world of women as warriors Global, covering millennia of human history The author spent years gathering this information, with copious footnotes, notes, and bibliography The oldest female warriors were no doubt nomadic women of the Eurasian steppes we know this from the burial goods archaeologists have found in their kurgans, or burial mounds This holds true for the Scythians and Sarmatians of a slightly later era In ancient Greece, we have Telesilla of Argos who led women and fought off Spartans in defense of their city There are the two Artemisias one fought as admiral of the Persian fleet in Greco Persian War and the other fought for her native city against Rhodes In ancient Britain, Boudica led her people against the Roman army and nearly defeated them In India, history nearly repeated itself where Rani Lakshmi Bai l...

  7. Matt says:

    I received this book via LibraryThing s Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest reviewThe phrase warrior women evokes many images, most with boob armor as a prominent feature however history tells a different story Women Warriors An Unexpected History by Pamela D Toler covers millennia of historical records and new archaeological discoveries from Shang China to modern day examining the women who went into battle in numerous ways.Toler covers not only thefamous warriors like B I received this book via LibraryThing s Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest reviewThe phrase warrior women evokes many images, most with boob armor as a prominent feature however history tells a different story Women Warriors An Unexpected History ...

  8. Mimi says:

    Interesting primer on female warriors throughout history, with a nice balance time and location wise.If you already read up on the subject, you can pretty much skip this one, I already knew about most women mentionedNevertheless a good starting point if you are interested in the subject.

  9. Jenny Jo Weir says:

    I m a sucker for war books This one is a compilation of women warriors It tells the story of many battles wars and the acts of the women who fought in them It goes from Joan of Arc to the ian Scythians, and everything in betwee...

  10. Krystal says:

    I thought this sounded super interesting, but it was disappointing The author jumps all over the place in time and location , and it felt like every time I started getting into one of the stories, it was over This is a good high level overview of lots of examples of women fighting in wars, but it seems like the author tried to tackle too much for one book I would have found itinteresting to focus on a few strong stories with details rather than 100 honorable mentions I will say that s I thought this sounded super interesting, but it was disappointing The author jumps all over the place in time and location , and it felt ...

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