"Love and Death in the Great War," Andrew Huebner, Univ. of Alabama

August 13, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Dulles Hall, Room 168
Andrew Huebner
Professor Andrew Huebner (University of Alabama) will discuss his new book, Love and Death in the Great War (Oxford, 2018). Professor Huebner argues that Woodrow Wilson's rationales for intervention such as "saving the world for democracy" were too abstract to motivate a reluctant citizenry. Other public officials quickly recognized that appeals to home, hearth, and nation were much more effective means of mobilization. American propaganda strained to reinforce traditional gender norms at a time when conservative authorities believed that broad social forces such as industrialization and women's rights posed serious threats to tradition. War promised to restore convention, stabilize gender roles, and sharpen male
character.
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