Women and War II

I've been on a little bit of a 'women and war' kick recently because I've had some odd experiences in London with men who don't think that a woman should write a biography of a general. If women can fight wars and lead armies ... I figure I can write about them.

There are admittedly very few women who write about military matters - Margaret MacMillan, Caroline Finkel, Lyn MacDonald, Beatrice Heuser, Anna Maria Brudenell, Lynette Nusbacher.

The only person I can add - and I'm ashamed to admit that until this morning I had thought she was a man - is Pat Southern.
Her book on the Roman Army has been given a great review by BMCR (I have not read it yet, as it concentrates on the Imperial and Late Antique periods, not the Republic).
The Roman Army: A Social and Institutional History. OUP, 2007

Later this year Southern will publish a biography of Zenobia - which will be a book about a female general, by a female military historian.


  1. I'm not sure I would call Lynette Nusbacher a woman exactly - unless you consider a man who has his nuts cut off as a woman of course. Surely this is a prime example of New Labour's 'third way' in higher education.

  2. She chose to be a woman - that's good enough for me.


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