Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

  • Title: Women Warriors: An Unexpected History
  • Author: Pamela D. Toler
  • ISBN: 0807064327
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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
    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, 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 240 pages Expected publication February 26th 2019 by Beacon Press More Details ISBN 0807064327 ISBN13 9780807064320 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Women Warriors An Unexpected History by Pamela D Toler Author Release date Feb 26, 2019 Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies of Women Warriors Who says women don t go to war From Vikings and African queens to cross dressing Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies of Women Warriors 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 Pamela Toler s exhilarating accounts of so many women who went to war, around the world, from antiquity to the present, and for so many different reasons, finally puts to rest the tired old arguments that only men are fit for combat Adrienne Mayor, author of The s Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    View details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Women Warriors, please sign up Recent Questions Is this available for Kindle like 4 days ago Add your answer See 1 question about Women Warriors Lists with This Book Feminist interest 2019 148 books 28 voters Book Recommendations for Brienne of Tarth 81 books 21 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 42 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 23, 2018 Melisende dOutremer added it Shelves reviewed, women, edelweiss 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.There are lots of snappy titles father s daughter , widows , queen you get the gist but I felt it could have been better organised Yes, there is a great spread of warrior women across time, but it is presented in a hodge podge sort of way under the snappy titles rather than in chronological order Had the author editor, publisher maybe presented the work in this way, we the reader may have been able to see of a development in the ways women took to the battlefield You don t unfortunately get this just some randomly arranged biographies interspersed with some commentary and biographies that don t really seem to fit under any the chapter We finish with a dozen or so references six biographies though the notes are a little extensive.No star rating from me I surprised myself by even finishing it to be perfectly honest.Please bear in mind that this is my review of the book and its presentation, not the author I know how huffy people can get in defending their favourite authors.I would be very interested in the thoughts of those for whom this area is something completely new flag 8 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Mi adielko Stranovsk womenofhistory Jan 30, 2019 04 59AM Melisende dOutremer For a basic introduction Tim Newark s Women Warlords The Encyclopedia of s Women Warriors from Antiquity to the Modern Era by Jessica Amanda For a basic introduction Tim Newark s Women Warlords The Encyclopedia of s Women Warriors from Antiquity to the Modern Era by Jessica Amanda SalmonsonLet me know if there is a particular period you are interested in happy to put forth a few titles.As for books, extensive list here or on my book blog melisendeslibrary 11 hours, 32 min ago Jan 20, 2019 Mimi rated it liked it Shelves aldiko, edelweiss, 02 history, 02 non fiction, 02 social studies, x read 2019 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Carol Kean rated it really liked it Woman as Warrior may seem like an oxymoron, but women have a long history of fighting and taking lives In the old world view, It is no possible for a mother to kill than for a warrior to give birth, Pamela D Toler writes.If you ve heard of only a few warrior women namely, Joan of Arc and Boudica , it isn t because there s been no than a few It s because men took charge of writing and record keeping, and women had no place there especially not women who defeated men in battle bu Woman as Warrior may seem like an oxymoron, but women have a long history of fighting and taking lives In the old world view, It is no possible for a mother to kill than for a warrior to give birth, Pamela D Toler writes.If you ve heard of only a few warrior women namely, Joan of Arc and Boudica , it isn t because there s been no than a few It s because men took charge of writing and record keeping, and women had no place there especially not women who defeated men in battle but some women are so extraordinary, their stories live on in spite of their neglect by historians.How does one author decide which women to include in her own little volume on Women Warriors Toler explains, Some women are warriors by any measure you choose they wield a sword, fire a weapon, drop a bomb, or throw rocks down the wall of a besieged city They get their hands dirty For the purposes of this book, Toler focuses on women in the theater of war, near the front lines, giving orders, planning operations and making command decisions, but someone who is not expected to lead the charge personally That must account for the glaring omission in my opinion of Lozen, the Chiricahua Apache warrior woman c 1840 1890 Her brother Victorio said, Lozen is my right hand, strong as a man, braver than most and cunning in strategy Lozen is a shield to her people She fought beside Geronimo and died of tuberculosis in confinement at Fort Sill, Oklahoma I ve blogged about Lozen, a Chiricahua Apache, and the Mescalero Apache warrior woman Dahteste supposedly pronounced ta DOT say, which I would never guess from the spelling , said to be a beautiful woman who took great pride in her appearance She married and had children, yet chose the life of the warrior She could out ride, out shoot, out hunt, out run, and out fight her peers, male and female, with grace Courageous, daring and skillful, she took part in battles and raiding parties alongside her husband and a good friend of her family, Geronimo Dahteste was imprisoned with Geronimo and his remaining followers I saw a magnificent woman on a beautiful horse Lozen, sister of Victorio High above her head she held her rifle There was a glitter as her right foot lifted and struck the shoulder of her horse He reared, then plunged into the torrent She turned his head upstream, and he began swimming source Powerful Apache Warrior Women Lozen Dahteste It pains me to see our Native warrior women missing from a book that celebrates courageous women of history who have been pushed into the shadows, hidden in the footnotes, or half erased On the bright side, Toler does include the girl who saved her brother at Little Big Horn in 1876, a Cheyenne named Buffalo Calf Road Woman Armed with a six shooter, she rode and fired many bullets alongside her husband throughout the battle.Toler includes China s folk hero Mulan in this history in spite of the absence of biographical details about her As a huge fan of Disney s Mulan, I m not complaining I just wonder why Lozen and Dahteste were passed over.From the second millennium B.C.E to World War II s night witches, Russian women aviators, Toler fills in a lot of historical gaps The main thing that struck me when I looked at women warriors across cultures rather than in isolation is how many examples there are and how lightly they sit on our collective awareness, Toler writes That was one of many quotable quotes one could add to the pages of author quotes.Toler did her due diligence with research She uncovered a wealth of information and apparently had trouble sifting through and deciding how many details to include Every single page contains footnotes To me that is distracting The dates and historical details are necessary, but to me, they detracted from the spirit of the Women Warriors I realize this book is not Women Who Run With the Wolves Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Est s, but that book captures the energy and mythic element I feel is missing from Toler s brief history.Still, Toler s book fills a void in historical collections, and I recommend it to everyone, whether you think you re interested or not You should be interested You should care about the overlooked women who fought as valiantly as any male war hero I can t make you care and I can t make you read the book, but I will at least make you aware of it And that s the best I can do.Note I read this book as a paperback, not via my Kindle, which forced me back to the archaic world of pencil and paper and jotting down notes so I could find quotable quotes when it comes time to write a review There is a lot of good stuff in this book my scribbled notes do not even come close to showing how many flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Jill Meyer rated it it was amazing Do you look at the military in the United States and think about how many women are within the ranks The fighters who patrol the areas at war and that new Seal Team recruit Are women fighting a new thing in our armed forces a new thing Not so , says historian Pamela Toler Toler, whose new book, Women Warriors An Unexpected History , is a look at women through history who have fought for their countries, both under cover and in the open Women have actually fought in battles at the sides Do you look at the military in the United States and think about how many women are within the ranks The fighters who patrol the areas at war and that new Seal Team recruit Are women fighting a new thing in our armed forces a new thing Not so , says historian Pamela Toler Toler, whose new book, Women Warriors An Unexpected History , is a look at women through history who have fought for their countries, both under cover and in the open Women have actually fought in battles at the sides of their husbands and sons and in defense of their cities under siege.Pamela Toler s book does not have to read all in one sitting In fact, her individual chapters on women in history are best read on their own She writes about women we all know about Joan of Arc, for instance and those lesser known women who fought in Asia and Africa Her writing is lively, as befits someone with her own historical website can write to engage the reader I also like the fact that the footnotes are in the text, as opposed to being at the end of the book Will Women Warriors appeal to the average reader I think so Toler seems to write popular history with a flair, making the history given an easy accessibility not often found in scholarly works And if you re looking for a good work of fiction about women at war, pick up Rita Mae Brown s delightful novel, High Hearts about a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight aside her husband in the Civil War flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves vine, historical, military, non fiction, biography, put on blog This book is as much about how various cultures including modern America have viewed women warriors as it is about the warrior women themselves Each chapter had several examples of that theme Queens who led troops, etc and each biography was about 3 pages long The bios covered why the woman went to war, what she did during the war, and how her contemporaries viewed her Between each bio and even within it , the author commented on people s attitudes about the female warriors It was an i This book is as much about how various cultures including modern America have viewed women warriors as it is about the warrior women themselves Each chapter had several examples of that theme Queens who led troops, etc and each biography was about 3 pages long The bios covered why the woman went to war, what she did during the war, and how her contemporaries viewed her Between each bio and even within it , the author commented on people s attitudes about the female warriors It was an interesting, brief overview of the fact that women have been going to war from ancient to modern times and in cultures all over the world.I received an ADC review copy of this book from the publisher through Vine flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Annarella rated it liked it Shelves history, edelweiss An interesting read but it could have been better organized.I appreciated the style of writing and the well researched material but it wasn t my cup of tea.Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC flag Like see review Nicole Scavino rated it it was amazing Jan 30, 2019 Dillon rated it did not like it Jan 29, 2019 Danika rated it it was ok Jan 30, 2019 Clark Cruikshank rated it really liked it Jan 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wanted to write for history buffs and nerdy kids and the general intelligent reader That would be you, right Offi 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 know about 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 Books by Pamela D Toler More Trivia About Women Warriors A No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 3, 4, 2, 1, 1 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    1. 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 Offi 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 know about 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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    1. 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 aut [...]

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    2. 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.

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    3. Woman as Warrior may seem like an oxymoron, but women have a long history of fighting and taking lives In the old world view, It is no possible for a mother to kill than for a warrior to give birth, Pamela D Toler writes.If you ve heard of only a few warrior women namely, Joan of Arc and Boudica , it isn t because there s been no than a few It s because men took charge of writing and record keeping, and women had no place there especially not women who defeated men in battle bu Woman as Warrio [...]

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    4. Do you look at the military in the United States and think about how many women are within the ranks The fighters who patrol the areas at war and that new Seal Team recruit Are women fighting a new thing in our armed forces a new thing Not so , says historian Pamela Toler Toler, whose new book, Women Warriors An Unexpected History , is a look at women through history who have fought for their countries, both under cover and in the open Women have actually fought in battles at the sides Do you lo [...]

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    5. This book is as much about how various cultures including modern America have viewed women warriors as it is about the warrior women themselves Each chapter had several examples of that theme Queens who led troops, etc and each biography was about 3 pages long The bios covered why the woman went to war, what she did during the war, and how her contemporaries viewed her Between each bio and even within it , the author commented on people s attitudes about the female warriors It was an i This book [...]

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    6. An interesting read but it could have been better organized.I appreciated the style of writing and the well researched material but it wasn t my cup of tea.Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC

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