Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Drawing on examples from the ancient world to the two world wars, from the conquest of the Americas to Muslim Central Asia, this collection of essays brings together historical work with human rights scholarship to explore the history of wartime sexual violence, its long-term consequences, and transitions to peacetime society.

Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights

Elizabeth D. Heineman, Editor

2011 | 352 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $27.50
Law | History
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The History of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
—Elizabeth D. Heineman

I. SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN PEACE AND IN CONFLICT
1. Rape in the American Revolution: Process, Reaction, and Public Re-Creation
—Sharon Block
2. Sexual Violence in the Politics and Policies of Conquest: Amerindian Women and the Spanish Conquest of Alta California
—Antonia I. Castañeda
3. Femicide as Terrorism: The Case of Uzbekistan's Unveiling Murders
—Marianne Kamp

II. THE ECONOMY OF CONFLICT-BASED SEXUAL VIOLENCE
4. Girls, Women, and the Significance of Sexual Violence in Ancient Warfare
—Kathy L. Gaca
5. The Victimization of Women in Late Precolonial and Early Colonial Warfare in Tanzania
—James Giblin

III. TELLINGS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
6. War Crimes or Atrocity Stories? Anglo-American Narratives of Truth and Deception in the Aftermath of World War I
—Nicoletta F. Gullace
7. Sexual and Nonsexual Violence Against "Politicized Women" in Central Europe After the Great War
—Robert Gerwarth
8. The "Big Rape": Sex and Sexual Violence, War, and Occupation in Post-World War II Memory and Imagination
—Atina Grossmann
9. War as History, Humanity in Violence: Men, Women, and Memories of 1971, East Pakistan/Bangladesh
—Yasmin Saikia

IV. LAW AND CIVILIZATION
10. The Theory and Practice of Female Immunity in the Medieval West
—Anne Curry
11. Law, War, and Women in Seventeenth-Century England
—Barbara Donagan
12. "Unlawfully and Against Her Consent": Sexual Violence
and the Military During the American Civil War
—E. Susan Barber and Charles F. Ritter

V. TOWARD AN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK
13. Legal Responses to World War II Sexual Violence: The Japanese Experience
—Yuma Totani
14. Toward Accountability for Violence Against Women in War: Progress and Challenges
—Rhonda Copelon

Notes
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments