Women, War, and Violence
Topography, Resistance, and Hope [2 volumes]
by Mariam M. Kurtz and Lester R. Kurtz, Editors
August 2015, 709pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2880-5
$222, £171, 194€, A305
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Women played key roles in revolutions in Nicaragua, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

This set of original articles probes the breadth of vital issues surrounding the impact of war and violence on women globally—and examines what is being done to mitigate their effects.

The story of men’s roles in war and violence fills headlines and history books, but the women’s narrative too often goes unnoticed. This two-volume work brings women’s voices to the fore, highlighting new scholarship and journalism to offer a realistic understanding of this timely topic. Including both historical context and contemporary issues, the volumes explore types of violence affecting women and girls—as victims of war and as combatants in and perpetrators of war. Equally important, it provides an in-depth look at resistance movements and peacemaking efforts, examining how these issues can—and should—be addressed.

The two volumes bring together a wide range of articles by experts from various fields and backgrounds to provide the first all-inclusive overview of women, war, and violence. Other works on the subject tend to be focused on Western nations, offering a narrow view of a global issue. This compendium, in contrast, takes a truly international approach. It provides general readers, policymakers, students and scholars with a compelling collection of insights from around the world, exposing the varied experiences women have had—and continue to have—with violence and war.


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of issues related to women, war, civil unrest, sexual assault, and violence
  • Tackles a wide range of topics using multiple perspectives from ethnography to scholarly analysis to on-the-ground journalism
  • Examines the tragic contours of the problem but also depicts hope for the future via the creative solutions being forged, especially by women empowered to counter violence
  • Explores best practices of violence prevention from United Nations and state-sponsored programs as well as from movements within civil society
  • Includes case studies from key conflict zones to further the understanding of the issues discussed
Mariam M. Kurtz has worked as a journalist in newspapers, radio, and television in Tanzania and at the Voice of America. She holds a diploma from the Tanzania School of Journalism, University of Dar-es-Salaam; has a bachelor's degree in communication from St. Edwards University; and is pursuing her doctorate at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Kurtz has published many headline and feature stories that bear directly and indirectly on the topics of war, violence, and women as well as academic chapters on nationalism, religion, and conflict.

Lester R. Kurtz, PhD, is professor of sociology at George Mason University where he teaches public sociology, social movements, conflict, comparative religions, and social theory. He holds a master's degree in religion from Yale University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Kurtz edited the three-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and coedited Nonviolent Social Movements and The Web of Violence. Other books include Gods in the Global Village, The Nuclear Cage, and The Politics of Heresy, which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Distinguished Book Award. Kurtz is past chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Association and of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Distinguished Career Award. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University, and Tunghai University. He also lectures regularly at the European Peace University.


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