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Gender Relationships and WWII
An analysis of the effects of the Second World War on gender relationships.
# 147942 | 1,242 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper examines how the effects of the Second World War on gender relationships were observed, brought into public attention, discussed and analyzed in newspaper articles and magazines of the time. It looks at how this switch in roles, although temporary, stretched over a period of years that contributed to the change in mentalities. The women became bread winners and although they were still dedicated to the war cause, they could not help developing new habits that did not involve their husbands as much as before the war. Through a a literature review, the paper examines this change in gender role and relationships as a direct result of the war.

From the Paper:

"In the closing chapter to his book The Second World War: A Short History, Robert Alexander Clark Parker emphasized the enormous changing effects the Second World War had at all levels of society in the European countries. Entire cities and villages destroyed, family lives altered for ever, mass murder and atrocities revealed as the war approached an end, all these elements converged toward changed mentalities. Thse affected the gender relationships for good. Even if the process of women's emancipation was still slow and had many obstacles to overcome yet, it rolled like an avalanched that swept the entire Europe and the United States. The old male dominated societies were in no position to oversee women's merits during the war, as they did between the world wars. Women themselves discovered that they were able to provide for their family and for themselves, thus becoming free from the old beliefs that assigned them the limited role of wife, mother and caretaker of the household."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Perel, Solomon. Europa Europa. John Wiley & Sons. 1999
  • Clarke Parker, Robert Alexander. The Second World War: A Short History. Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Noaks and Pridham. Nazism, 1919 - 1945. Vol IV. The German HomeFront in World War II, pp. 360-2
  • Overy, R.J. The Origins of the Second World War. Second Edition. Longman. 1998

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