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Ottoman Women during World War I
Everyday Experiences, Politics, and Conflict

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  • Publication planned for: December 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107198906

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  • During war time, the everyday experiences of ordinary people - and especially women - are frequently obscured by elite military and social analysis. In this pioneering study, Elif Mahir Metinsoy focuses on the lives of ordinary Muslim women living in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. It reveals not only their wartime problems, but also those of everyday life on the Ottoman home front. It questions the existing literature's excessive focus on the Ottoman middle-class, using new archive sources such as women's petitions to extend the scope of Ottoman-Turkish women's history. Free from academic jargon, and supported by original illustrations and maps, it will appeal to researchers of gender history, Middle Eastern and social history. By showing women's resistance to war mobilization, wartime work life and the everyday struggles which shaped state politics, Mahir Metinsoy allows readers to draw intriguing comparisons between the past and the current events of today's Middle East.

    • Provides a concise, accessible overview of the lives of Ottoman women during the First World War, free of academic jargon, for both scholars and the general reader
    • Uses previously unseen archive sources to propose a new view of Ottoman and Turkish women's history, exploring the role of women from all social circumstances in shaping Ottoman history
    • Draws conclusions on life on the Ottoman home front, and the role of women in shaping social and political developments, that can be applied to the modern day events shaping the Middle East
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107198906
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations and archive references
    Part I. The Home Front:
    1. Women in Europe and the United States
    2. The Ottoman home front
    Part II. Women's Negotiation of Wartime Social Policies:
    3. Hunger and shortages
    4. Monetary assistance for soldiers' families
    5. The housing problem
    6. Motherhood
    Part III. Women and Working Life:
    7. Wartime work opportunities and restrictions
    8. Working women's problems
    Part IV. Women's Resistance to War Mobilization:
    9. Forced labor and overtaxation
    10. Discontent with Conscription
    11. State control of morality and marriage

  • Author

    Elif Mahir Metinsoy, Galatasaray University Istanbul
    Elif Mahir Metinsoy is a part-time lecturer at Galatasaray Üniversitesi, Istanbul. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Boðaziçi University, Istanbul and the Université de Strasbourg.

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